Weekend Runs

February 14th, 2010

On Saturday morning, I met up with the local running group again. Last week, I was the only woman out of the 6 or 7 people who attended, but yesterday it was completely reversed with 5 or so women and only 3 guys. I’m really enjoying running with a group and I think I may have found a training partner to do some of my week runs with.

We ended up running 5 miles together and I finished up with a 1/2 mile run home for a total of 5.5 miles in 47:06 or 8:33/mile average.

This morning I ran 13 miles, the longest I’ve run so far in this training cycle.  I woke up this morning at 5am when two certain cats decided to climb on my head. The joys of pet ownership. I couldn’t fall back asleep because I was hungry and keyed up, but my alarm clock was set for 6:30, so I stayed in bed until around then.

Weatherbug said 9*F, so I bundled up in a thin long sleeve tech shirt, a thicker pullover tech shirt, a very thin shell type jacket, balega crew socks and tights. Ugly Hat of Many Colors and fleece gloves too. 1/2 a cup of nasty left over coffee and a bowl of cereal and I was out the door. And it was verrry cold. My hands legs were especially chilly. I wore my fuel belt since there aren’t any water fountains on my route, which always makes me feel like a dork/weirdo.

I decided to run around the lake, a  7 mile loop and then do another shorter loop to make up 13 miles. I felt pretty good for the first half. Despite taking some chocolate Gu, I started to get pretty tired, especially after mile 8 and having my water bottles freeze didn’t help matters. But I kept going and finished strong with a final mile of 8:48.

Total: 2:04, 13 miles – average 9:32/mi

Splits: 9:13, 9:14, 8:57, 9:07, 9:17, 9:00, 10:14, 9:50, 9:01, 11:38 (tired & very icy), 9:56, 9:28, 8:48

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    Just another 20-something crazy lady runner here. Freezing my butt off in Wisconsin, while I try to get faster and do my best out there.
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