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Morning Run on a Busy Thursday

Thursday, January 03, 2013

It's Thursday, a work at home day. It's also a long day, because I have training for my volunteer job in the evening. The original plan was to squeeze in a run at lunch.

Well, it's winter in Rochester, NY. Yesterday evening I lost my planned weight lifting session to clearing snow from the driveway. The forecast for today was more snow starting about noon. So I planned to forego my steel cut oats this morning in favor of quick cooking oatmeal, and use the time to clear the driveway.

The driveway didn't need clearing in the morning. The temperature was 16°F (-9°C), and the Weather Channel claimed it was calm. But the wind was forecast to increase through the day.

So I went out and ran before working at home. Covered 4.32 miles in 31:20, for an average pace of 7:15 per mile. That's a little slower than a normal run of that distance, but there was snow and slush on the shoulders. It's a good time for the conditions. And there was a bit of a south wind, but all in all it was a pleasant winter morning's run.

Got home, stretched, started working. Broke for lunch, and didn't need the run. So I cleared the driveway (which needed it by then), ate, and started this blog.

My first year of Sparking, I was blessed with a mild winter. That let me learn to run in the cold weather without being distracted by bad footing. This year, we have a more normal winter. The temperature isn't a big deal, because I figured that part out a year ago. Now I'm learning to deal with a normal level of snow for being downwind of Lake Ontario. This can be done.

Now, back to work before the full evening. At least my 10K steps for the day are secure.

Life is good.
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