Sunday, February 28, 2010

Running Away From February

I'm happy that I can end the month of February on a good note by having a great 14km run. I wasn't so sure starting out that I would be able to feel that way at the end. I felt stiff from yesterday's hike, I started my run on two cups of coffee and I could not decide how many and what weight of upper layers I would need today which lead to changing 10 times before I went out my front door.

Before even starting my run at 8:00 am at Edworthy, I visited the ladies room. I headed west for 1.5km then turned around and headed east and making another visit to the ladies room before I proceeded with the longest part of my run. Note to self: one cup of coffee next time! I also quickly stopped by my car and ditched my hat and gloves. Smart move! My choice of a long sleeve technical shirt (2009 Police Half) over top of a short sleeve tech top proved a wise choice. I was now feeling comfortable, getting into the groove and just motoring along.

I could feel the sun on my face! My mind drifted and I was thinking it is time to prep the legs for running in shorts. It felt like spring was in the air. I even thought maybe it is time to replace my skates with my bike. Heck! That could be possible! I know I have spring fever! Geesh! Even the Canada Geese were all in pairs! Yes! Spring fever!

When I came back to reality, I was finishing up my run! The final results were 14.5km in 1:35:30 at an average running pace of 6:25min/km and an overall pace (running&walking) of 6:35. I am very pleased with my splits today.
I'm also pleased with what I have to show for my time in February! My running kilometers should be higher and I will work on that. This chart shows accumulation for the year so far. This could be it for my skating kilometers until next winter! One thing I know, I'm getting around!


5 comments:

  1. I have learned from bad experience that 2 cups of coffee and a banana do not fuel a longish run and result in a trip to the bushes somewhere in there.

    Days like today make me feel like spring is here too. I love that first run of the year when you can feel the heat of the sun on your face.

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  2. I know what you mean about the coffee - it really irritates my bladder to the point that I only drink it before working out at the gym (where there are restrooms) - never if going for a run outside. Then I stick to green tea, which doesn't seem to have that same annoying effect on me.

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  3. I'm glad to see you're still climbing mountains and enjoying a good run! Take care! =)

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  4. Congrats for your great 14 km. run. It's related to a good average running pace. I'm sure you'll improve again next spring.
    I've read that you're ready to replace your skates with your bike ... and, I'd add, your "running & climbing" legs. :)
    Have a nice training again.

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  5. Post scriptum:

    Nice the architecture's photos you made and posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

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