A Simple Running Log

November 8, 2019

Training for 11/8/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:19 pm

I wasn’t sure I was going to get to run today. Pepper had an upset stomach this morning and went out to puke a few times, and I didn’t want to leave him home alone if he was sick. On top of that, some stupid cold front came through overnight and it was freaking cold and windy, after a week of otherwise ideal running weather, so I wasn’t really itching to get outside and do a tempo run in that anyway.

But then Pepper settled down and seemed like he was feeling OK again, and I thought about how it could be cold and windy in Rehoboth (four weeks from tomorrow!) so I should suck it up and do it.

The feels like temp with the wind chill was in the mid 30s. I went with a thick long-sleeved shirt, cropped tights, thin gloves and a buff.

I have to say, I don’t know how I went without a buff through so many winters, and I’m grateful for the two trail races I ran this past winter that gave them away as premiums, because I’m not sure I’d have tried them otherwise. They are MAGIC. Today, I could pull it up over my face when running into the wind or pull it down when I wasn’t, and my neck was always out of the cold, yet never overheated. Seriously, if you’re going to be outside for any reason in cold, windy weather, get yourself a buff.

Anyway, the schedule called for a 50-minute tempo run. My plan was a mile to warm up, five miles at 7:42/mile average and a half-mile to cool down, for 6.5 miles total. I figured it would be a little over 50 minutes, but that was fine.

As I ran my warm up mile, I was already talking myself out of trying to hit 7:42/mile pace for five straight miles. I was thinking I’d just try to get progressively faster each of those five miles, and maybe I could run the last one in 7:42.

Then I sped up for the first tempo mile and ran it in 7:39. The next one was 7:31, then 7:29. The fourth was 7:23.

I really wanted to do run the fifth one the fastest, just like I’d planned, but I had to turn into the wind for that last mile, and there were a few times I had to step off the road and into the grass for an approaching car, because it was getting close to sunset and I wasn’t confident they could see me. That last tempo mile was 7:41.

I ran the last half-mile home at an 8:54/mile pace, and I finished the 6.5-mile loop in 51:01, a 7:52/mile average.

I was pretty happy I’d gotten in that run after all!

Even better, when I got home, Pepper was still fine. He hadn’t had any problems while I was gone.

Clark is coming home tonight for the weekend! He’s renting a car so I don’t have to go to Baltimore to pick him up, which is very considerate, since his flight doesn’t get in until 12:30 a.m. I can’t wait to see him!

I’m doing tomorrow’s long run early with Kelly and Susan, and then Clark and I are going to Analog-a-Go-Go at the Dogfish Head brewery. Later tomorrow evening, my sisters are coming down to the beach and we’re finally gonna get Julie to go out dancing at Fager’s Island.

Sunday, I should run again, but we’ll see what happens.

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