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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Checking In

My flight arrived last night without any hitches, and I have been enjoying my weekend with friends so far. Today, I got in a 6 miler. It was chilly, about 31 degrees, but I bundled up in my cold weather running gear and I tore through it. The first mile was something to get used to, and I could certainly feel how the cold made my shoes feel stiffer, but otherwise, it felt kinda good to breathe in that sharp, dry air.

After 2 miles, I felt adequately warmed up and I could appreciate my surroundings: the snow, the crisp, sunny landscape, the bare trees that are just brushed with frost -- it was cold, but it was scenery I usually don't get, so the change of pace was nice.

Unfortunately, the road was much hillier than I usually run, but I tackled the hills with gusto, and while it was hard to maintain my pace on the ascent, it was fun working hard on the hills and then enjoying each hill's descent. Here are the splits:

1: 9:13
2: 10:10 (had to walk for a bit to take off my top layer -- I actually got pretty warm)
3: 9:30
4: 9:41
5: 9:34
6: 9:24

Total Time: 57:38

So, yeah, it felt really good to get a run like this in after such a busy, run-less week. Tonight? We bachelorette party it up, so bring on the drinks! We'll see if I feel up to another short run tomorrow before my flight departs. I'd like to, but like I said, that may depend on many factors this evening.

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend!

16 comments:

Mark H. said...

I got up to run too early. :-( You're up in MN now, right? I was out running, in 7 degree temps, while everyone else was sleeping. I should have waited for the 30's. --Mark (in MN)

J~Mom said...

I am so impressed that you ran in the cold!! Way to go!

Marcy said...

You better take pics tonight :P Male strippers? Balloons? Chicks and booze? I want to see it :P

Viv said...

WTG Jess, I totally would have opted for the warm bed. Party lke a rock star tonight!!

Running Knitter said...

You are very dedicated. With temps like that I wouldn't have even gotten out of bed.

Erin said...

Just don't let Michele repeat your bachelorette party timeline ;) I hope she makes it past midnight.

AnthonyP said...

Welcome to the cold weather !

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Hey way to go and it warmed up just in time for you. Very nice run. It's about 11pm, I'm wondering what the bachelorettes are up to. Hope you are having fun.

I have some fun news to tell you about when you have time. Already told Wendy about it. I'm hoping we have the chance to meet up for a run!!!!!

Mary Gee said...

I think it is wonderful that you found what is good about running in the cold on your first try.

Firefly's Running said...

Wow! Nice run! Enjoy the party!

miss petite america said...

damn! nothing can slow you down! way to go dude and i'm sure we'll hear great stories of your bachelorette exploits.

runner26 said...

Great run! Sometimes the cold can help get you moving. Have fun at the party!

Christine said...

Great job running in cold weather. What a change from sunny florida!

L*I*S*A said...

Great job on the run in less-than-stellar conditions. I would be so spoiled living in FL and then having to run in the cold.

You did great, though.

Have fun at the party!!

Laura N said...

Sounds like you have a great cold weather run. Hope you enjoyed the party and had a safe trip home.

Mendy said...

LOL! at Marcy.

I know this is a bit delayed, but I wanted to say I, too, am impressed you ran in that cold. Way to get out there and and do it!