>> Monday, March 02, 2009
After 2 hours on the trainer on Saturday, I thought it’d be good to fit in a long-ish run on Sunday. So yesterday I headed out for an 8 or 9 miler. Spring was in the air! We just got 4-6 inches of snow on Friday, but there isn’t much ice out there, so this was my first outdoor training run without YakTrax in a while! So I headed out in the 18 degree weather (sans-YakTrax) for a nice, easy-ish run.
After a few miles, I realized I was keeping a decent pace (under 7:00/mile). So I figured I’d stick to it and try to speed up as I went along. I was hopping snow banks, running in the “bike lane” along Summit Ave at times, and dodging icy spots. But overall, the run was going well.
My last 3 miles down Summit Ave before turning for home were:
6:35 (mostly flat)
6:36 (some uphills)
5:47 (some downhills)
I finished 9 miles in 59:13 (6:35/mile average). And I had a negative split by over 2 minutes, too! I’ve NEVER done 9 miles in under an hour! It felt like a good, solid run!
In blog news, I forgot to mention something in my “IM COZ race course preview” post yesterday. That was my 400th post. This is number 401. Who’d-a-thunk?! I never thought I’d get so into blogging and enjoy it SO much. And you readers make it SOOO much more fun! Thanks everyone!