Please don't hate me, but today I ran in shorts and a sleeveless shirt under sunny skies! The temperature was around 50 degrees. I was chilly at first - the kind of chilly where you keep telling yourself how smart you are for wearing shorts and you so hope that you will be thankful two hours later. I was!
I ran 16 miles with hills added in for fun. After a warm-up, I ran 3/4 mile up and down an over/under pass. The change from the mostly flat trail was nice.
I did a little more hillwork. There's a hill on the mostly flat trail and every time I came to it (every three miles), I sped up. The first time, a speedy runner raced up it and I tried to run as fast as he did. My 'current pace' at the top of the hill was 7:35! Zoom! The next two times I ran up it alone and my 'current pace' was only 8:00. Wanted: hill racers!
I ran behind a blind runner with a guide towards the end of the run. They have to stop a lot because they have to be especially careful when they pass people, making sure there's plenty of room for all on the path. That would be frustrating, but they were the picture of patience - two runners who finally passed the walker and found their running stride again.
Included today were 3 faster miles (8:43, 8:34, 8:34). I saw the pace for those three miles when I got home and I was happy, happy because the goal for those three miles was 8:47 (goal marathon pace). The average pace for the whole run was 9:18/mile.
Photo: Another snow picture taken last Friday at Memorial Park