Country Music Half Marathon 7.2 02-19-11
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
So...about that outdoor training run. Yes, it did happen, and it was glorious, at least for the first 75% or so, when Old Man Winter decided that he had enough of me frolicking around in the sunshine and quickly ended the fun by planting an evil patch of ice right in my path.
I got up on the late side (oh, at all of about seven forty-five or so) and enjoyed some breakfast, and noted the temperature...twenty one degrees. COLD! Since it was still pretty early, and I had heard that it would get warmer, to about thirty, later on, I just relaxed with the computer for a while to let things warm up. But I was feeling antsy and very excited just to get outside for an hour or so! Finally around ten-thirty, the temperature had risen to twenty-eight, and it was probably about as warm as it was going to get. The thin-blooded Floridian in me hesitated to get going when it was so cold, but, knowing that I'd be happy I went, I started putting on my thin layers of winter running gear, hooked up my iPod, and strapped on my Amphipod. Time to get going! I was slightly nervous because this is one of the first times I've run outdoors since that ill-fated Berbee Derby 10K last Thanksgiving.
But, surprisingly, the cold didn't feel that bad when I ventured outdoors. The sun was shining and my favorite radio station's music kept my spirits up. I turned on my trusty old Gymboss, which I had spent five minutes reprogramming to use 4/1 intervals, and off I went! Surprisingly, running didn't feel jarring or uncomfortable. Although I deliberately kept my pace on the slower side to let my body re-adapt and warm up, I felt that easy, "flying" sensation that I feel when running is working for me! I had picked a route to take me over to the Verona McDonald's, where I'd grab a small bite to eat, and planned on doubling back. I'd run all the way out there, and initially planned just to walk back because I didn't know if I was quite up to a 6.5-7 mile run after being exclusively a treadmill runner for three months.
The run out there couldn't have been more perfect! I had to dodge a few patches of ice, but luckily the ground was still frozen, so it was easy enough to jump on the side of the path and just run on the grass. No problem! It barely even slowed me down! I got to McDonald's after about 37 minutes and ordered a small box of nuggets, apples, and a drink. Sitting in the booth and relaxing with my little treat was such a nice reward after a great workout.
After I ate, my energy level was still surprisingly high, so I decided, why not just run back? This would almost cover the eight mile training run which I was scheduled to do, which would likely have to be on the treddie if I waited until tomorrow. So off I went, still feeling great. I moved onto a bike path, which had some pretty icy patches that I had easily managed to avoid on the way out to McDonald's. But this time it was harder. It had warmed up a bit, and the ground, which was solidly frozen earlier, now had some really slick, muddy spots. So I had to slow down to a walk to navigate between the mud, ice, and slush. And, then I ran into that evil patch of ice...it was hiding in the shade, in that confusing state where you couldn't really tell if it was ice or a puddle! Yeah, it was ice. And I wasn't even running, but I managed to slip and fall rather spectacularly.
Initially, I just lay there, kind of shocked that I had fallen, kind of annoyed that I had managed to soak myself with water and mud. I had fallen out onto my left side, and my left hand smarted a bit, as did my left foot, which I seemed to have twisted a little. Slowly I got up and didn't feel too much worse for wear, so I just kept right on going. As soon as I was to a clearer spot, I was actually able to pick up my run/walk intervals again. The closer I got to home, the more I realized that my foot wasn't quite right, and by the time I was walking up the drive way, I was solidly limping. And thirty minutes later, the limping got worse until I resorted to butt-scooting up and down the stairs because it hurt too much to walk. I had no clue what I had done to it, but my foot definitely wasn't right. I considered driving over to urgent care for an X-ray but decided to wait the night and see if there was any improvement. Since then, it has eased up a bit, although still it's far from normal. We'll just see what happens overnight.
In any event, I managed to crank out 6.68 miles, and even with the ice and injury, I maintained a 10:56/mile average pace. Not bad for my first time back out. I look forward to getting out there again, but hopefully with a LOT less ice next time!
Today's Entertainment: Life 102.5 again! Good stuff!
Total CMHM Training Mileage: 109.42