The cold has hit. When I started Couch to 5K last summer, I kind of quit running when the cold hit. I had to basically start over again this spring. But now that I freaking LOVE TO RUN (oh and I'm training for that half), I'm now running in a completely different temperature.
I love it. I love that coldness you feel at first and the way you feel your body warm up. It's splendid.
So I kind of completely screwed up my runs this week due to all sorts of things but mainly just Life. I was determined to pick back up this weekend so here's how it went down:
I didn't get out for my 3 miles until after dark. You know, when it was colder and wetter. I guess that was okay though because I ran faster than I have in a very long time.
|Yay! Faster than normal for these slow legs! Check out the rain on my poor Garmin :(|
|Aren't these tights awesome??? I love them, except they kept falling down. Weird. Aren't tights supposed to be tight? Oh and my poor Mizunos are nearing their end.|
|Happy runner face :)|
I planned on running a 5 mile pace run that I had missed earlier in the week. I'm all about different scenery these days so I looked up this map:
The red dots are trails here in my little town. I ususally run that longer trail that runs north and south. I decided to change it up a little and run the trail to the left of my normal one. I found the trail head and it looked good:
But then I hit a busy road and I couldn't figure out where the trail picked back up. So I ran some sidewalks and decided to run into a subdivision that looked like it had some good hills. I found this gorgeous lake with a great jogging trail around it:
I got around it and noticed I was apparently what you might call a "trespasser":
Oops. Sorry Lakewood Trail Homeowners. Y'all are more than welcome to come run my neighborhood.
Unfortunately my GI tract got the better of me (again) and I had to cut my run short and head to Target to use their facilities. Awesome.
Long run day! It's so weird how much I look forward to these. I love to see how my body will react to pushing it's limits.
9 miles was what Hal Higdon said I needed to run today, so 9 miles is what I did. I ran the Greenline again. I am so in love. It has made me really appreciate Memphis and what we have to offer. I started in Germantown and ran out a little over 4.5 miles until I was almost to Farm Road and Walnut Grove! Whoa! And then I ran back. I had a Clif Gel Shot around 5.5 miles and I wore my Camelbak for hydration. I really feel like my Camelbak slows me down but it's necessary for longer runs.
And now for the beauty of the trails:
|This is an offshoot of the main trail. It has lots of leaves to crunch!|
|Almost to Walnut Grove!|
|The bridge over the Wolf River|
|It's a little hilly in areas|
|Not winning any races any time soon but still pretty darn proud of myself!|
|This is what I look like after 9 miles. Sexy.|
That's it y'all! I hope it was a great weekend for everyone and that you all got some exercise in!
Do you have trails where you live that you run? What is your favorite mid-run nutrition? Do you run the same route or do you like to change it up?