Since it wasn't going to be much warmer as the day went on, and I have a good bit of prep work to do for school (that I've been procrastinating about), I decided to go ahead and get it over with.
|I had to take a screen shot because that was just not believable. Now I have proof. And Garmin actually registered the temp at 19 degrees!|
|Runner girl or the Unibomber? It's hard to tell!|
I forgot to turn my watch back on after a break for some fuel, so I actually ended up going about 4/10 of a mile or so beyond 11 miles. But I shall stick with the Garmin "official" mileage and call it 11 miles total! LOL
I'm not exactly in love with the balaclava, but I think it did its job. I took it down off my head for the last mile and realized quickly how much it had blocked the wind and the cold! I made it less than 2/10 of a mile before I pulled it back up!
So, all in all, it was a great long run - and I'm always excited to add a new mileage milestone! My average pacing was 10:09/mile, which is amazing considering all of the walk breaks. I am going to see how my legs feel today and tomorrow, and if there is a marked difference, then I may go ahead and do walk breaks on all of my runs. I know that sounds funny since I had this "thing" for so long about running a half with no walk breaks to prove that I am "back" - but I'm not so sure I'm hung up on that anymore. Hmmm, I'll have to keep thinking about that.
On that note, I worked on my training plan for January-March. My base building has gone very well, and I'm pleased with that. As I already mentioned, this coming week is a Cut Back Week. I do have one long bike ride left to do on Sunday, but then it's Cut Back time. My next event is the half marathon on my birthday in April. Since I am already up to a long run distance that will get me through the half (and still plan to add another mile or so to that), I do not feel like I need to do any specific training for that. What I do need to work on for the Half Ironman, however, is my cycling endurance and speed. So I am going to add another short ride in the week, on Thursday afternoon/evening. I will start off with 30-45 minutes and build it up, and we'll see how it goes. I'm hoping 3 rides per week will help me out.
Due to adding that in that extra day of cycling, as well as adding to my long ride distance, I have decided to take a Cut Back Week every 3 weeks instead of every 4 weeks. I think my body will appreciate the extra rest during this base building time. And since I am well ahead of my goals for this base period, I think I can safely take the extra rest! Of course, any time I feel like my body needs the rest, I will certainly do it. That approach has worked for the last 3 months, and I see no reason why it won't continue!
Stay warm and train safely, everyone! And remember to have FUN! :)