Posted by: Karen | March 20, 2005

Snowy Spring Day

Some of our Penguins, including Dawn and I were at the XC Awards banquet last night. We enjoyed a fantastic potluck dinner and a great summary of the winter season. I brought Broccoli bacon salad. The drive home was a little slippery but manageable, and I hit the sack at close to midnight.

Hubby had to work today at 10 a.m. so I was up again at the crack of dawn to have some toast and tea before heading out on my long run at 7:30. 12 km isn’t long on some weeks, but I haven’t run more than 10 km at once since the Tampa race February 5th, so I’m back to working up slowly again.

I was really glad I hadn’t planned on a longer run. Most of the run was in 2 inches of fluffy snow, some parts that hadn’t been shovelled earlier in the week were up past my ankles. My first km, which often takes me 6:30 or 7 minutes on a long run day, took me over 8 minutes. I stopped looking at my watch after that.

It was VERY nice not to have to hold myself to anything resembling a “race pace”, so I walked when I wanted to and eventually found some good rhythms after about the 7th km. Since I wasn’t using a speed-related effort, instead of pushing my breath out like I did in last week’s race, I imagined the exhalations sort of just falling out and then I picked up more air in inhaling. It was an interesting imagery and kept my mind occupied for a good while.

My body was not quite sure about all the food I’d eaten the night before, and told me in the last mile I needed to find a bathroom. I don’t argue with these messages on this kind of long run – it’s not like I’m on the clock or anything, so I popped into the Esso station bathroom. It was easier to tackle the last km with the deeper snow when I wasn’t worrying about whether I would make it to the bathroom! My knees had gotten wobbly by that point even with the bathroom break, but I jogged through the rest by promising myself french toast for “second breakfast”.

It took me about an hour and 3/4 to go 12 km – I’m glad I didn’t have my heart set on 14 for today!

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  1. Ncie run, Karen. Runner’s World had an article about keeping up your enthusiasm for running, and one of the things they suggested was one run a week be without any type of time constraint or pace. Leave the watches and Forerunners at home and just run what feels good.


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