Monday, January 26, 2009

Long run shake up.

I had 11 miles on the schedule this weekend and after skipping last weekend, I was determined to get it in. Determined.

On Saturday, I had a morning meeting so I was able to get a good sense of the weather for my run. That is, I felt the stinging wind chill as I walked from the meeting to my car. Using my rudimentary meteorological skills, I observed that although the temperature was hovering above 20 degrees, the wind chill was more like -83. It was a wonder there was anyone outside at all, as blustery and cold as it was. Maybe they were lured by the going out of business sale at Circuit City. Who knows?

All I know is that there was no way I was running outside in that wind. That cruel wind. So, I hopped on the treadmill for an easy 4 miles and that was that.

The forecast for Sunday was sunny and cold; colder than Saturday so I resigned myself to a sloggy treadmill run in the afternoon. Let me admit that I was not looking forward to 11 miles in my basement. Let me also admit that once I'm faced with a plan gone awry, I can be a bit of a Big Defeatist. Not getting outside for the run on Saturday had me convinced that I would, perhaps, never run outside again, or at least not until April, which was surely going to set me up for some sort of horrific injury once my delicate feet hit the asphalt after months on the 'mill. It went on from there. I'll spare you my spiral of self pity.

My husband, however, can shake a gal right out of that spiral. He took Conal to run errands in the morning and when they got back they did something very odd: They played outside. For a long time. Oddballs. At one point, Owen came inside and told me the weather was perfect for a run. "Ha!" I thought, "it's 19 degrees! As if I would run outside in that weather. Pshaw! Crazy husband."

He urged me to join them outside. I (reluctantly) did. He was right.

The sun was shining. There was very little wind. I had to do it.

And I did. I bundled up and hit the roads. It was colder than promised. And windier. But it was sunny! It took a long time for me to warm up, though. In fact, I don't think I warmed up until about 3 hours after I finished the run. Really. I was cold. I even had to run for a while with my left hand on my cheek because the cruel, cruel wind was too much for the two inches of exposed skin to take.

Other than the cold issue, it was a great run. I ran 11.07 miles in 1:45:21, or 9:32/mile, just where I wanted to be. My goal marathon pace is 9/mile and I'm targeting 30 seconds slower per mile for my long runs. It felt good to hit the right pace and, honestly, it felt really good to be outside. You know, all that vitamin D that I was absorbing had to be a good thing. Well, it probably wasn't all that much, since the sliver of exposed skin was covered in sunscreen. But, still! It was more vitamin D than I get in the basement.

Today is a rest day and I will be enjoying a much-deserved night out for Mexican yumminess with a friend. Can't wait!

Happy Monday!

20 comments:

Chic Runner said...

So glad you got out there and it was great! :) Mmmm mexican food! :)

Marcy said...

Saturday was actual nice (as long as the wind was on your back LOL) Great job getting it done ;-)

Denise said...

Great job getting out there and getting the run in!

Heather said...

What a great long run - way to get out there! You deserve the Mexican feast.

J said...

i am glad you were able to get outside! I feel like I wont be running outside till April! Just walking home from the gym gets me all cold and discouraged!

BeachRunner said...

Nicely done. Let's hear it for the hubbys.

Enjoy your rest and feast.

joyRuN said...

That's so awesome you didn't have to do ELEVEN miles in your basement!

MizFit said...

awesomely done...and I still am amazed how people run in the cold like that. Ive grown soft in my years away from the east coast.

have a great time tonight,

Miz.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Good job getting that 11 miler done in the cold.

D10 said...

Nice job on the run. Way to get outside. It is so much better than running on the treadmill too.

Diana said...

Congrats! I think it's how a lot of us feel about exercising in general - even if you dont' want to you usually feel good/better once you do it.

Lori said...

Congrats on your run! You are such an inspiration. I am missing Mexican food. I hope it was great!

Marlene said...

you totally earned the Mexican. way to get out there AND nail the pace!

The Laminator said...

Congrats on getting out there! So now when it's 20 degrees, it'll actually feel warm because you ran long in 10 degree weather. At least that's my take on it. At any rate...congrats. Back on schedule!

I Run for Fun said...

Lovely run. The cold is slightly bearable if it is sunny outside. Great going!

aron said...

yayyyy awesome job getting out there!! nothing like a run outside :)

Julianne said...

Yay for determination!! Great job getting out there and knocking it out. :-)

Stuart said...

Nice job on getting it done, I have no idea how 3/4s of the country copes with the tundra like conditions this winter seems to have delivered!

RunnerMom said...

It's so true that getting out the door is the hardest part!

Great pace, by the way!

Roisin said...

Good for you! There's nothing better than getting something done (and doing it WELL) that you thought you just weren't up for. Awesome!

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