Yay it is Friday!
I’m just about ready to fall asleep in my chair, but work isn’t even half over yet 🙁
This week was supposed to be a big running week, but illness sidetracked that a bit. I managed to go for a run on Monday with plans for a speed workout on Tuesday. But then I was sick and did not go to the dome for practice on Tuesday. I plan on going out for a run after school since Friday’s are the day that I do not have to pick up the Max.
On Monday, I had some time to go run outside later in the afternoon. The weather was beautiful on Monday – no snow, and temperatures hovering around 6C/43F which is just downright balmy for this time of year. I dressed up in my winter gear: compression tights, running long-sleeve top, MEC Polar Fleece sweater, Running Room Jacket and a headband/gloves. It was so nice out that I could have easily done without one of those upper layers as I was sweating 5 minutes into the run.
The plan was just to run a 3K loop around my neighbourhood. Many of the sidewalks were finally being seen after some of the ice and snow melted over the weekend. Most of the sidewalks in my area are covered with a thick layer of ice for most of winter that makes winter running difficult. Yes, there is the option of running on the road, but I live in suburbia and with snow piles up really high and right up to the road, it is very dangerous. I saw a lady running opposite to traffic the other day on a main road and everyone had to move over into the next lane to not hit her.
I just ran a steady run – but focused on negative splits for the 3K run. My splits were 6:23/6:12/5:32 for a total run of 18:10ish. Not bad for the first outside run in awhile and taking it easy. The first KM was in my townhouse condo complex where there is no sidewalks, so I was on the road (but there are barely any cars). The first part is mainly up hill. After the first 800m or so, I am on the city sidewalks. My 3K loop takes me out onto the main road, turning onto another major road and into the bus station to turn around and head back. The sidwalks were reasonably clear, but there were some icy bits. But since it was warm, rather than solid ice it was more like snow cone material. Not bad!
It was nice to get back outdoors and run. Hopefully the sidewalks stay clear for a bit longer so I can get some more runs in. Treadmill running just isn’t the same!
Have a great weekend!