Since I'm training for The Woodlands Half Marathon (March 1) and I knew that it might snow on Tuesday, I did my long run on Monday.
The wind picked up about an hour into my 14 mile run. A friend passing by and yelled out to me, "It's windy!" Although it's hard to run into the wind, sometimes it helps. That's what I kept telling myself! Focusing on the good, I pushed into the wind, counting down the miles until I'd eat my next gel or make it to the turn-around point where the wind would once again be at my back.
Towards the end of my run, I ran with 1.5 miles at a hard pace. Like my 14 miler done a couple of weeks ago, I felt like I could have run farther.
While I was running, I heard a noise in the trees so I stopped to get a good look into the wooded area and realized that six deer were looking back at me. Half of them were young deer.
For energy, I ate English muffins with honey before the run and then at mile 4 and 9, I ate gels.
14 miles - that was my long run goal for this week. I've still got some bike riding, strength training and more running that I'm looking forward to doing, but I doubt that our fairly mild winter weather will be any trouble for the rest of the week.
I know many of you are tired of the snow and the cold, but I hope you're able to get your exercising done and that somehow you can survive all of the miles on the treadmills!