Thursday Lunch Run
Thursday, February 21, 2013
It's Thursday, a work at home day with volunteer work in the evening. That makes time short for a blog, but since Thursday is a running day I want to record the lunch run.
Overnight I got a fluffy inch of lake effect snow in my driveway. I shoveled it in sections, while waiting for the steel cut oats to simmer and after breakfast. The plow came by before I finished, and I was glad to see it. Snow underfoot worries me a bit for running.
By noon, the temperature was up to 19° F, with WNW wind 16 mph gusting to 29 mph. This reminded me of Sunday's weather, though it wasn't quite as cold and the wind wasn't quite as strong as Sunday. But I dressed the same way, aside from wearing the ear warmer today. That turned out to feel pretty good while running into the strong wind, while feeling a bit overdressed while running with a tailwind. Oh, well. You do the best you can.
I ran my standard route around the section to the west. The shoulders were mostly clear, and I was able to run in the traffic lanes for the few brief sections where they weren't. Starting out westbound I had thoughts of not making the full distance, but those thoughts vanished when I turned to not be heading directly into the wind.
As I was doing my walking cooldown, I realized that I had *no* twinges from my right thigh while running! There was a minor sensation of the right thigh being different than the left while walking, but not really a complaint. I wouldn't have even noticed if I hadn't been trying to listen to my body. The bad foot is still not 100%, but did no significant grumbling.
It came out to 4.63 miles in 31:58, for an average pace of 6:54 per mile. The run felt pretty good, and Mr. Testosterone is happy to be feeling good while running under a 7 minute mile. I tell myself that the pace doesn't matter that much; but on a lunch run, it kind of does. I'm time limited, and this is about as long as the runs will get at lunch.
Now I take two days off before a long run on Sunday, and I think I'll be in good shape to go 9 miles then. It remains to be seen what weather I'll have to run in; the forecast for this weekend keeps changing. Whatever shows up, I'll deal with it. There is no bad weather, there is only inappropriate clothing.
Life is good.