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Friday, January 15, 2010

Double the Workout, Double the Stuff


Yesterday we had a freaking heatwave in downtown Chicago. 40oF at noon! I met 5 of the guys from our running group outside the locker room at lunch. They were all wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, gloves, hats and jackets. Me? I had on capris, a tank top, and a long sleeved tech shirt. Sure, my hands were cold when we first started out, but I was definitely warm by the end!

It was quite the workout. We slowly drifted into two groups of three. I hung with the "slower" group until just after mile 2. Then I slowly started to fall back. On the back portion of our out and back run I lost even more ground. Soon, they were all almost specks in the distance. However, since they're all nice guys, they waited for me at the stop light and even told me "nice job" when I finally caught up.

I tried to tell them that I was essentially running my 10K race pace with no race prep. Unless, of course, you count two of these the night before as "race prep":


Hey, it was my birthday dinner. I'm allowed :-)

Anyway, you can see my stats at the bottom of the post. Just know that I was definitely pushing it at the end even though I felt like I was running through molasses.

After work I came home, prepped dinner, and changed into gym clothes. See, here's the problem with running at lunch and then going to the gym after work. My running clothes? Still wet with sweat. Yuck. This means that I put on a new outfit to go lift weights. My laundry basket runneth over.

I see a lot of laundry time in my future.

P.S. Don't forget about my Infinity Scarf Giveaway! You still have some time to enter.


Route:--Elev. Avg:590 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:-4 ft
Date:01/14/10Up/Downhill: [+150/-154]
Time:12:24 PMDifficulty:2.2 / 5.0
 40 F temp; 72% humidity
 40 F heat index; winds SW 10 G 20

Distance: 4.48 miles
Speed:6.7 mph
Pace:9' 00 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 54-0' 066.7+0.1-6 ft
28' 47-0' 136.8+0.2-7 ft
39' 35+0' 356.3-0.4+3 ft
49' 07+0' 076.6-0.10 ft
end9' 10+0' 106.5-0.1+6 ft
Versus average of 9' 00 min/mile

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Lacey Nicole said...

eww i def can't do it. i bring lots of xtras. even when i'm at the gym and run on the tm and going right into weightlifting i will often change my shirt and shorts just cuz i hate the cold-sweat feeling and also i leave the machines a lil less sweaty :) hehehe. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kilax said...

When I was walking to work yesterday, I wished I had brought my running clothes and garmin! I thought of you :) I figured you would run with your work buddies.

Great pacing! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm loving this heat wave. I hope it stays! Maybe spring will come early. I actually love these temps for running. After a few miles, it's almost perfect!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Love the picture of your "race prep!" And I hear you on the laundry--nothing ickier than wet gym clothes, but I hate to have to do extra laundry just to keep up with workouts.

Bayjb said...

I HATE putting on damp workout clothes. GROSS. I give you credit for the double workout.

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