10 miles in the slushy snow. It was sooo much better than the deep freeze I ran in last weekend. It was in the 20’s today while running, a bonifide heatwave in comparison. I was hot, then warm and then freezing within a 30 minute time frame! Pure Michigan. No real weather complaints though. The 10 mile run went very well. My pace? Well, it is still not where it should be ( heart rate wise), there is time to get it right one of these weekends. Here is the lowdown as recorded my my pal Garmin.
My play by play:
mile 1: 10:21 trying to gain some footing on the slippery slushy ground. I also normally take the first mile or 3 to warm up. Really!
Mile 2: 9:58 feeling pretty good here and talking with my buddies Nancy and Andi.
Mile 3: 9:32 Approaching the first fuel station for some GU and water! I was thirsty.
Mile 4: 10:05 Trying to get started again…I like to stop and fuel/stretch, but find it difficult to start back where I left off. Lame.
Mile 5: 9:54 Half way and the turn around.
Mile 6: 10:19 Ummm, not quite sure what was going on here. ;-?
Mile 7: 9:39 I think I always run a bit faster when the end is near
Mile 8: 9:46 I don’t have much to add here…. 2 miles to go.
Mile 9: 9:37 Andi and I agreed that we were so glad to almost be done. If we had to go further, we could handle it, but we didn’t, so even better!
Mile 10: 9:28 And were done. Negative splits?? Possibly..the last mile was the fastest of the 10. Go figure.
My heart rate average was only 146. A far cry from the 160’s that I thought I might hit today. Not so much.
All in all, it was a good run and I felt good. Not great, as that does not happen for me too often in th winter. Just sayin’. I think I will stick with 10 miles again next week too. I know I keep saying I will turn up my HR, but then I don’t. Perhaps I will try a shorter distance run (3-5 miles??) in the 160’s this week to help boost my confidence. Confidence boosters help me. I did not have much issue with breathing today. I wonder if it was just the weather and nothing else…..so hard to know for sure.
I don’t have anything planned for the rest of today. I was going to hit up the library with my girl, but they close earlier today it might not workout. I currently have two books checked out. I almost don’t even want to admit what book it is. I already admitted to reading ( and LOVING) the entire Twilight Series so what could be worse really?!?! Ever hear of V.C. Andrews? I was a BIG fan growing up. I know I missed a few of her books through the years ( well someone writing as her since she has passed away), but I could not resist. I checked out the 2 books in The Heavenstone Series.
For the most part the books are pretty predictable. Maybe that’s why I enjoy them? Or it might remind me of a simpler time in my youth blah, blah, blah..no that’s not it. Whatever the reason, I am enjoying my first book in the series and after this one I might have to try and catch up on the books that I have missed in the past few years. I was reading the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series, but my library might not carry Dead as a Doornail! How lame is that?!?! I’m not going to go out and buy it. As if. Tomorrow the kids and Matt and his parents are headed to the Hunting Expo. Unfortunately ( cough, cough) I am unable to attend. The first time we went ( early 2003?) I had a horrible, excruciating allergic reaction from something. It was probably from the hair and dander from the mounts. I made an executive decision to never attend again – ever! 😉 From what I do remember, it was not so bad, it’s just not my thing. It’s probably like when I talk to Matt about super funny running stories, gadgets and heart rate etc. He wants to pay attention and tries hard, but still; it’s just not his thing. It will be a nice outing for the he and the kids with his parents. I will have to find something to do. I thought about hitting up the 10:30 am Hot Yoga class. I miss it so. I think that might not work though. I can try cranking up the heat in my house and do yoga in the living room. It won’t be the same though. I will think of something. One thing I do not want to do is go grocery shopping during that time. I need to take advantage of having an empty house. Who am I kidding? I will probably end up at the gym!
On tap for tomrrow: see above for all the possiblities. :- )
Read anything you are slightly embarrassed to admit?
* Not that my spelling, grammar or punctuation is ever 100% ( closer t0 87.3%)…the spell check is down so try to enjoy this post despite that fact!