Is This Spring?
After the freezing cold easterly wind of the last week, the weather changed last night, and it became almost warm. I’d noticed the difference in temperature as soon as we came out of the pool, so this morning’s run was sure to be pleasant.
The sun was shining, there was no wind to speak of, and if there were any trees this close to the North Sea, I’m sure they’d have had birds singing in them. It was such nice weather that I headed out with just a knobbly-knit base layer & a long sleeved T-shirt from my favourite blogging site over the top (this came off after 3 miles - too warm to layer up!). Plus the fleecy-lined track tights of course - no point taking unnecessary risks!
The first half of the run was just over five miles with Shana. She’s missed quite a few runs in the last month, and she’d be the first to admit that it really showed today. So the pace was slow, but the conversation good, and she managed the whole five miles. I remember reading somewhere once that we lose 80% of our running fitness within four weeks, but you can get 80% of that back in just four weeks. Looks like Shana can only improve in the next month!
After that, I ditched the water bottles and waist belt thingie at home, and headed off for a quicker four mile loop out to the lighthouse and back. The first mile was 6:50, the second 7:25, and then I settled in to a 7:55 pace for the journey home.
That’s another 9.5 miles in the bag, and I have to say that I feel great & ready for more. Tomorrow there’s a bike time trial session at the NE31 club, which I was thinking of doing when I heard about it last night. But this is only over a short 20km course, so now I’m having second thoughts. It’d be great fun, but not what my goal needs. So maybe I’ll stick to my plan for an 18 mile ride in the morning, but with as many hills as I can take to make me a tougher triathlete for race day.
- Type: Run
- Date: 04/22/2008
- Time: 12:13:53
- Total Time: 1:40:00.00
- Distance: 9.6 miles
- Average Pace: 10:25/mile
- Ascent: 875 ft