Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Chilly Run

I ran today - OUTSIDE in the COLD! For the first time since Thanksgiving (running from the locker room to the field house at school obviously doesn't really count!) I put on three layers, a hat, gloves and my spandex and headed out (I left my under armour top at school). The hard part of course is getting out the door, but I did it and once I got going I felt GREAT! I felt better today running than I have in a long time.

I powered up the hills and chugged through the snow as I ran to the grocery store to meet my mom. I hate fighting the cars for space on the road but I was feeling so good that it didn't bother me too much and it didn't really feel hard to run!

My long term goal for long distance running is this - To maintain a good base of 7:30-7:45 min/mile pace until May while working on my sprinting. Once track is over with I will dive into hardcore training for my 15k race in July!

Todays stats - 4.2 miles/32:10/7:40 pace

I just really enjoyed todays run, I can't say it enough!! Yesterday's track workout was a little different! B-Rabbit and I drove back to school, so he could swim and I could do my workout. I warm up like usual and felt pain in my knees and feet but kept going. Sometimes I have these weird pains but once I get going I am ok. I did some 55m accelerations to get my muscles going and I could feel my hamstring.

The workout called for 2x(300m and 150m @ 90%) with 2 laps recovery after the 300m and then 10 min rest between sets. I cut the rest in half because I wanted to push myself. It was hard to push myself to run fast without anyone else there but I just kept thinking that Abby was behind me and she was going to catch me and pass me - that seemed to work. I was supposed to so some 120m cool down sprints then an 800m cool down but I just ran 200m and called it quits. My hamstring was feeling funny and I didn't want to push it - I did lift weights (bicepts, tricepts, and shoulders) before I left to go home.

So now I am home at my parents for Christmas - I made cut out cookie dough and its in the fridge now! Later I will roll out the dough and bake the cookies! I hope everyone enjoys their time off and has a very merry Christmas!

12 comments:

aron said...

YAY for an awesome run outside!!!! have a GREAT christmas and new year :)

Nicole said...

Great job with the run outside! How cold is it where you are? We have a winter weather advisory in Michigan from this morning until 3am christmas! AHHH SNOW! Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Lacey Nicole said...

allllllllllllllright! :) it's about time i read some positive outdoor running reviews :) hehehe. it makes me think it is possible.

Melanie said...

Sounds like a great run! Baking cookies is one of my favorite things about Christmas. I haven't been able to do it this year, but I'm going to make up for it after I'm off the crutches. :)

Marlene said...

I agree, getting out the door is the harest part. After that, it's usually pretty enjoyable. Good for you!

Enjoy your cookies and Merry Christmas!

D10 said...

Nice run. Way to keep up a nice fast pace too. Enjoy your vacation and happy holidays.

Blyfinn said...

Speedy run. And even in the snow. what a show off. :)

The Happy Runner said...

Ooooh...good job on the chilly run. Enjoy those cookies and have a merry Christmas!

Julianne said...

I love running outside, too. So glad you enjoyed yours today!!

Have a great time with your family!!

tfh said...

Great cold weather run! It's so nice that you have that speed base now-- it makes building mileage so much easier!

Merry Christmas!

N.D. said...

mm, did you make your cookies??
You are so speedy. Did you read runners world this month or for Jan? The latest one? I think you would be made for 5ks!! speedy lady!!

Meg said...

Great that your outdoor run went so well! I bet there is a ton of snow up there. Let us know how the cookies turned out!