Thursday, January 18, 2007
Lunchtime on the road for 5
What is more fun than working through your lunch hour? Running, of course!!! Although the weather has been a bit rainy (more on the drizzly side) by lunchtime it was perfect for a run. The rain had stopped but it was still plenty cloudy and even a bit on the cooler side (probably upper 60s)! I was scheduled to do 5 miles followed by some lower body strength training.
For the run I took a new route. I ran from the office and in through the UCF campus. I ran out of campus out onto Alafaya trail where I headed south for about a mile or so. I passed the first road to turn back toward the office but it was too soon! My run would only be just over 3 miles. So I continued to the next cross street into the office park, but it also seemed too soon. So, I figured I would head to the next (and last street). As I ran a little further I realized that the next street, which was marked by the next traffic signal, seemed a bit further away than I thought. It wasn't long until I realized that it really wasn't that far, and it got me back to the office at exactly 5 miles!
Although I had a good run, I probably won't run that route again. Alafaya Trail is a very busy 6 lane road - especially around the lunch hour. I was running against the traffic and the cars were kicking up dirt and dust - not to mention the fumes. I think I will stick to running around campus next time.
Mile 1: 10:24
Mile 2: 10:55
Mile 3: 11:05
Mile 4: 11:21
Mile 5: 11:13
Total: 55:02 Pace: 10:57 min/mi
Avg HR: 161
Calories burned: 797
I was going to run at a faster tempo but opted for an easy run to some marathon tunes. It was a good run.
I also had a good workout afterwards with the weights.
Back at my desk....oh, about 2 hours later! Ah well :-)