Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Four glorious miles in the rain...
The plan had been to rise early and run this morning but, I got to bed late last night sooooooo. ... I decided to do a late day run. It had been a sunny, warm day - temperature 81 deg F. I waited until around 4:30 pm - by then the clouds had moved in to cool things down some.
I dressed for the run and left the iPod at home. I was going for an easy 4 miles and was going to lose myself in thoughts about the marathon. This was, after all, the last run I was going to make before the big race.
It was a fantastic run! I didn't miss the iPod at all. I just ran and soaked up the sounds around me. I did bring the Garmin along with the HRM. My new toy supports my continued data collection experiment to understand my heart rate and how I feel.
About a mile or so into the run it began to rain. What made the rain so cool was that this was one of those rains that are a little more than a drizzle, enough to help cool me down on a warm day but not too cold to chill me. I felt energized running through the rain - much like the energy you get running while the sun is rising. It was glorious!!
I picked up the pace on the last mile and ended up with a total run under 11 min/mile pace:
Mile 1 - 10:53 (first mile does not involved a walking break so it is always quicker)
Mile 2 - 11:30
Mile 3 - 11:36
Mile 4 - 9:46 (burning the last mile - heart rate 179 by the end)
My favorite heel is a little sore, as I expected. I will ice, massage and stretch it tonight and over the next few days.
I have completed my "Wed" plan on my checklist. Now I just need to make sure I am in bed by 10:30 pm. I am so excited for the encouragement I have been getting from my running friends out there. Thanks to Adam for the mention on Burning20. I am going to listen to Nigel's podcast, Running from the Reaper, tonight which also mentions my quest! I will need to take these along on Sunday and keep them handy when the going gets tough!
I am honored to have such good friends - to be part of a community of runners who are all on this journey together. Thanks for the support!!!