As promised, I was able to get the chance to run after class this afternoon. I brought my running clothes with me to work, and after my 2-3:15 class, I changed in my office and was out on the pavement for the run by 3:30.
I don't usually run near my work, so I had little plan in terms of route; I just went south and decided to see where it took me. The first 1.25 was pretty busy in terms of both car and pedestrian traffic. Schools were just getting out and it was pretty congested, but once I got farther south of that, there were fewer lights and less commercial property, so less traffic. I ran until 2.5 miles and then turned around and took the same path back for a total of 5 miles.
Despite the traffic at the beginning and ending of the run (I discovered that people pulling out of McDonald's drive-thru are only looking at their Big Macs -- they are NOT watching for runners), it was a good run. The weather was in the low 50s, with clear skies and a light breeze which was a big improvement over the chill this morning. I decided to wear shorts and a long sleeved tech shirt, but chose to take the shirt off about a mile into the run. I was a little cool, but in the shirt, I was too hot -- this would've been the perfect run for arm sleeves, but I just can't justify buying them when I'll maybe get to use them once or twice a year.
I think the cool air, and certainly the lack of humidity, help me run a little better and I ran these 5 miles in 50:26 for an average pace of 10:06/mile and I even ran my 2nd mile in 9:40!
I was back in my office by 4:30, and while I don't have showering facilities nearby, I brought a towel and some deodorant to freshen up. And to be honest, with such cool, dry weather, I feel like I barely sweat, so my hair may not look great for my class tonight, but otherwise I think I'm pretty much stink-free. Besides, I don't want to look and smell too good: I wanna keep those students at bay ;)