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How many miles did you run today?

FlyingMonkey

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Dismal, 2ºC, wind and wet snow this afternoon, so of course I went out for a steady run to the head of the island and back (13.2km / 8 1/4 miles)! Well, if I'm going to run through the winter this year, these are not going to be anywhere near the worst conditions I will run in.

I thought there wasn't much wind on the way out, but my speed said otherwise. I hit the halfway point in 30:05 or 4:33/km (7:19/mile), and then turned and... boom! There was snow driving into my face and chilling everything down fast. I had to put a lot extra in just to stay near the pace I wanted to be. The good thing was that it almost felt warm every time there was some relative shelter, before I was back out into it again. The return leg was 31:08 or 4:43/km (7:36/mile), for a total of 1:01:13, 4:38/km (7:27/mile), which was inside my target pace, which in the circumstances was quite surprising.

Not coincidentally I was running in my Bostons again, and my feeling about how they would do in the wet was definitely proven - the grip was unrelenting underfoot however wet or slick it was. These are great shoes and they seem to like it when you push them.
 
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oh i run pretty much (at least 5 miles) but it takes me a long time. because I have a breathing problem and a chest deformity, so very soon I just start to choke. If I run a little, then everything is fine.
 

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I got in 6.8 miles last night in the neighborhood. The only revelation is that hills are getting easier to run. I can run every step of the 1,000ft of gain in the neighborhood and during my trail runs I run up most hills until the angle gets too steep or I realize I need to back it off as I have more to run. I finally looked where my race is and it is further into Georgia than I realize so an extra 2.5hrs in the car more than a normal Chattanooga trail race.

My lodging options are hotels 30min away or car camping. Race starts at 630a so I need to figure this out soon. Planned too late to get a cabin room.
 

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11.2 miles this morning at an 8:39/mile pace. Temps were in the upper 30s/low 40s but it didn't feel quite that chilly today. I saw a ton of deer on my run and even a couple coyotes today.
 

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4.3 miles with the dogs on the road. There was just enough slush on the roads to keep my feet wet. Temps in the low 50s with crystal clear skies.
 

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High winds still but no snow and it is a bit warmer again. I did some of my 1.4km XC hill repeat laps. As promised I increased the number this week but just from 4 to 5 laps - so a total of 7km (4 1/3 miles).

The first lap is always the slowest and today it was 6:14 so I thought I would do okay. However I was surprised that the second lap was under 6:00 and so it continued with 6:03, 6:00 and 6:01, for an average of 6:03/lap or 4:20/km (6:58/mile).

I felt like I was running steady but that's almost my tempo pace for that distance (4:17 - 4:18) and it's mostly cross-country - although I don't think this makes me slower: it reminds me of mountain bike racing, finding that line and just keeping the speed even though you're always on the edge of control. It's weird. All this last year and a half since I really started training properly again I've been trying to push myself to run longer rather than faster, and I still find myself most comfortable running fast at 5-10km.
 

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10.5 miles at a relaxed 9:06/mile pace.

I discovered a very short wood chip trail I never knew existed in the area. You can sort of see a set of stairs coming off the sidewalk in this picture:
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I've ran, walked, and driven past those stairs probably 1,000x in the past decade but never ventured up them and I think I just imagined they went into somebody's backyard. I decided to run up the stairs this morning and found they took me along the side of the railroad tracks and to the end of a dead end street that run parallel to the main road.
 

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10k this evening in some dreadful conditions. 50F (but feels like 40F) with rain and a 20mph sustained north wind. this was a mental battle as i could have copped out and only done a 4 mile loop with the wind at my back almost the entire way. instead, stuck it out for the full distance, into the wind on the middle 2.5 miles. happy with myself for sticking with it. 8:20 pace average.

the hot hot shower after was exceptional.


after pic

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windbreaker shell
merino base layer
half tights (these are really awesome)
old ass kinvaras
 

FlyingMonkey

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windbreaker shell
merino base layer
half tights (these are really awesome)
old ass kinvaras
I always wear half-tights never shorts (until it gets cool enough and then it's 3/4 and then full tights).
 

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Jeez, at 50 degrees out?

I walked the dogs with my oldest son earlier. It was 50 degrees. I wore a short, T-shirt and sandals. I hate summertime...
 

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7 miles last night in the rain as well. Went to the paved path so it was pancake flat. Due to the rain and temps in the 40s, I didn't want to risk getting too cold so I wore shorts, long-sleeved shirt, and rain jacket. I ended up a little warm so probably should have worn short sleeves.

I ran with a head lamp last night which provided 2 interesting observations. First is that with the head lamp on, I felt like I was in my own bubble as the light caught a lot of the rain drops so visibility was very short in range. When I turned off the head lamp, I could see well enough that it provided a different experience. Also since it was raining, the cloud ceiling was low and the sky was lit up by the reflection of various lights in the area.
 

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I always wear half-tights never shorts (until it gets cool enough and then it's 3/4 and then full tights).
this is my first pair and i really dig them. material is a bit took thick to wear during the summers here though but they work well in the fall, and probably early winter and spring would be perfect for them. i'll probably pick up a second pair at some point.
 

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8.1 miles this morning with 10 800m intervals at the track. My slowest were my first and second intervals at 3:51 and 3:50, respectively and my fastest were in the middle of my set at 3:29 and 3:26. I also noticed our first snowflakes of the season while I was out on my run this morning, but nothing near enough for there to be any accumulation.

I ran with a head lamp last night which provided 2 interesting observations. First is that with the head lamp on, I felt like I was in my own bubble as the light caught a lot of the rain drops so visibility was very short in range. When I turned off the head lamp, I could see well enough that it provided a different experience. Also since it was raining, the cloud ceiling was low and the sky was lit up by the reflection of various lights in the area.
Running with a headlamp is sort of a pain when it's raining or snowing particularly hard, but it beats the alternative of being run over by a car!

When it's snowing particularly hard I usually will run with my headlamp off and only turn it on when I notice a vehicle approaching. That way I'm not always getting the light bouncing around on the snow flakes, which is distracting and hurts my eyes. I might ask my wife for one of those LED light up vests for my birthday this year. That might be a nice alternative to the headlamp, especially on those days.
 

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