I set out to do 5 miles tonight, but given the below freezing temp and snow on the ground, I told myself I would just run for an hour and map the distance when I get home. I started out feeling strong, dodging some icy spots, but keeping a fast pace. It caught up with me though - I hit a "wall" at about 35 minutes in and had to walk. How is it that in 27 degree weather, wearing a tech shirt, light fleece, pants, and no other layers, that I overheat and get sweaty and miserable? Any cures for I'm-too-hot-so-I-panic-syndrome? After a three minute mental breakdown/walk break where I decided that I hate running and hate being outside and could be a happy voluptous girl at home eating cookie dough and not sweating in the snow, I was able to make myself run again. All in all, I walked a total of 10 minutes during the run today, not bad at all for me.
I was able to really fly the last 5 minutesm, and was winded by the time I got back to my car. Total time: 59:47. I mapped it when I got home and was AMAZED by the distance: 5.26 miles, for an average pace of 11.26. That's close to my 5K PR pace, and I was able to maintain it for 5 miles!! This pace would give me a 2:26 half, a full thirty minutes off my PR. It is very encourgaing, after a run that felt hard, to know all this work pays off!!
Only two more days until Chirstmas! What running gifts do you hope Santa is bringing you?