Saturday, January 5, 2008
1 Run 3, Week 3 (BTHR): It's WARM Outside, Relatively Speaking! ;-)
I started my run at 4:21 pm. It was 44 degrees. It was slightly windy, but compared to the weather of the previous 2 days ago, it felt like a sunny stroll in the park! ;-)
Today's running schedule called for 60 minutes of running at a slow pace.
About 2 or 3 laps in, I ended up accidentally hitting the pause button on my iPod stopwatch (yes, I know, I need to start using my Garmin Forerunner 201 instead!), so I wasn't sure what my pace per lap was by the usual marker point, i.e., 4 lap (or 2.96 miles). But no matter, because the stopwatch recorded my start time (4:21 pm) & end time (5:31 pm), so I was able to calculate my average pace over the entirety of the run.
Again, I took did my usual pre-run Ibuprofen/glucosamine chondroitin pill-popping ritual, which seems to be helping a great deal, as not only did my knees feel great -- there was absolutely no inflammation or soreness today during any point of run or afterwards -- but my legs (& joints!) also felt pretty strong & fluid today. (No, thankfully there wasn't any fluid in the knees!)
It took about 2 laps to warm up. I felt pretty good until about lap 5, when I started to feel a tad bit tired. However by the end of lap 6 I started to pick up the pace again. I felt a shot of adrenaline as the music kicked in again (I was listening to some pretty great tunes!), & a little voice me inside said, "you know you can go faster." And so I did. By lap 7, I was still feeling pretty good. So, I decided to do an extra lap, just because I knew I could. So, at 0.74 miles per lap, 8 laps is 5.92 miles, or almost 6 miles. I ran these 8 laps in 1:10:00, or at an average pace of 11:44 minute miles. That would certainly be in keeping with the requisite slow pace I was supposed to do today! ;-)
I wonder if my running buddy's going to run tomorrow (Sunday). She mentioned on Thursday that she was going to make an effort to squeeze in a solo run then. I'll be meeting up with her this upcoming Tuesday, first for lunch with our friends, & then again, later that day, for our run; so guess I'll find out then.
OK, that about does it for tonight's post. Hope you're all having a good weekend!