I was so excited for doing a long outdoor run that I re-worked my training plan to do it a day early. The thermometer read 53 degrees when I left the house, so it was a perfect day for shorts and a long-sleeved top. I headed out on one of my favorite routes around Medicine Lake. There's a good variety of terrain ranging from local streets, to paved bike paths, dirt paths and even two boardwalks. There are a couple nice long hills. One is along the west side of the lake and the other is on the north end as you climb out of French Regional Park.
|The first long run of the year.|
Again, the weather was right in my wheelhouse: warm enough to not freeze my nubbies and cool enough to keep from sweating like a pig. I beat feet down towards the lake. There was snow on either side of the path, but no ankle-twisting ice to worry about. After my legs warmed up, I stopped on the first boardwalk for a little light stretching. Then, I headed along the west end of the lake, the second half of which is essentially a 2-mile long uphill. Yes, there was a little plodding involved, but I tried to stay light on my feet.
When I turned to head east, I noticed the temperature drop quite a bit. The wind was blowing from the south - over what is essentially a 3 mile long ice cube. It wasn't terrible, but I was thankful to climb out of the park and away from the lake again. As I finished out the last couple of miles I did a little math in my head and figured I could wrap up this long run with an average mile split of under 9:00.
Now, my last 10-mile run was at the Monster Dash last fall, and I finished that with splits of 8:56. Well, would you believe that I polished off that 10.4 mile 'easy' training run in under 1:33 which gave me splits of 8:56? Well, it's nice to know that all those hours on the dread-mill this past winter were good for something. I'll take it.
Thursday called for a short run and a quick bike. My legs were still barking at me after the long run the day before, so when I hit the road again, I took it REALLY easy. My legs warmed up after a few miles, but I'm a little worried about my abs. My lower abs were still plenty sore - right along the left side of my belt-line and getting dangerously close to my special places. There wasn't any pain during the 60-minute spin session, just while running. Strange. I'll have to keep an eye on it and see the doc if it doesn't go away by next week. I don't want it to be some kind of weird hernia or something.
Friday was a rest day. That night it was just me, The Wife, some Chinese food and the NCAA basketball tournament. Awesome.
Today was my first outdoor bike ride of the year. It's past my bedtime though, so I'll tell you about that tomorrow.