So I woke up this morning at about 5 minutes until 8am. 8am is when the group run starts. Oops. Oh well – I got up, took my time downing a protein bar, filled my water bottle, added a Gu gel or two in the pocket and went out for a run.
The weather was cold – upper 20s or so – and a bit windy. Fortunately, though there were flurries during my run, the real snow and the real wind (and subsequent white-out conditions) didn’t start until I was long done.
Today was supposed to be our long run of 7 miles before we enjoy a fall back week next week for 4 miles. So since I missed my group, I mapped out a route and headed out in Grandview / UA for a morning run I knew would last at least an hour and a half.
I was right. Here’s my route.
My 7-mile run. First time using my Garmin watch. LOVE IT!
It was my first run using my new Garmin Forerunner 15 watch and I loved the fact that it kept telling me if I were ahead of or behind my pace – – – or in some cases, actually ON pace! I ran with my iPhone and because I couldn’t find my earbuds, I just turned the volume up for some music.
My New Garmin watch. It’s a great tool and I thoroughly love not having to strap something to my arm while I run.
I did a lot of walking / running / walking / running today because it was hard to breathe. Sounds weird, but it’s not that I was out of breath, but I still haven’t gotten rid of this darned head cold I’ve had since the last week of January which means I went through about 20+ kleenexes on my run today. It’s hard to run when you can ONLY breathe out of your mouth. It’s also hard to breathe when you’re running long enough to warrant adding an energy boost to your run, which I did today for the first time – a Mandarin Orange Gu gel. It wasn’t bad at all, but it’s hard to eat something while you still have to breathe out of your mouth. Good thing I wasn’t sitting at the dinner table, though I did take it in during a section of my run that didn’t have sidewalks, so I knew I was going to be slowing down anyway. See? I planned ahead!
Speaking of planning – I didn’t plan THAT well since at the end of my run, I needed to do a little extra back and forth on my run. I planned for some, but needed just a little extra since I was about .2 miles short and needed to hit my 7 miles.
13:53 average minutes per mile
(I’d subtract a minute, since 1 minute went by while I was setting my play list on my iPhone. Just saying!)
By the time I did, I was ready for a break. Thank goodness I end all my neighborhood runs at my gym where I can plop down, stretch, use a foam roller and get a few strength exercises in for my legs. Those strength exercises are totally helping, too, since my hips are just stiff after a run and not in all out pain. Yea! I’ve beaten another obstacle!
7 miles – it’s the longest distance I’ve ever run to date. Little by little, right? Awesome!
Oh – for run, I made a really, low-quality video of my route. I think it’s cute, but I’m thinking I won’t pursue a career in movie making. Here’s a link to my post on Facebook. I have the free wordpress blog, so I can’t post video. Oh well. Enjoy!
7-mile route “video”
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And an extra shout out to my now 13-year old, nephew, Ben – who’s our Valentine’s Day baby!