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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Running Muse

Photo from Mural Blog

I was a serious multitasker today! I went to 9:30AM eye doctor appointment wearing my running clothes and with a gym bag packed with something to change into for post-run strength training.

My eye doctor's office is literally right next door to my gym so I hate going there and NOT taking advantage of being two feet from the gym. But I knew I needed to get a 7 mile run in today and not just strength train.

So after finally getting a pair of contacts that allow me to see semi-decently, I dropped off my bag in a gym locker and took off for a nice, easy 7 miles.

The goal according to the training plan? 7 miles at a 10:43 pace. The problem? I downloaded some new music last night. New music always puts a spring in my step. Especially because I finally got around to downloading some Muse songs. Who knew that Muse was so good to run to? My new favorites are "Uprising", "Super Massive Black Hole", and "Knights of Cydonia".

Also, this weekend is the LiveJournal Runners Club Virtual Race. 5K or 10K, your choice, report your distance and time.

I think subconsciously I didn't want my time to be a personal worst. However, I also didn't look at my watch until the very end so I had no idea how fast I was going. All I knew is that it felt good, the sun was shining, my new tunes were motivating, and I was enjoying the cool air.

Which means that instead of running at a 10:43 pace I ran at a 9:42 pace. And based on that my 10K time was 1:00:16. Hard to believe that a year ago I struggled to get my 10K time under an hour and now I'm coming thisclose during training runs.

After my run I returned to the gym locker room and changed into dry workout clothes. I put in 30 minutes of fairly lackadaisical strength training. I really wasn't feeling it. Oh well. It's still some pretty impressive multitasking!

And just so you know that we're not experiencing some kind of winter heat wave or anything, here's some proof that, yes, things here are still covered in snow:

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Nothing like Snowman Rakehands to greet you when you come home from working out (that's in our neighbors backyard, FYI).


Route:--Elev. Avg:627 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:02/13/10Up/Downhill: [+39/-39]
Time:10:22 AMDifficulty:2.9 / 5.0
Weather:A Few Clouds
 27 F temp; 50% humidity
 27 F heat index; winds NW 9

Distance: 7.04 miles
Speed:6.2 mph
Pace:9' 42 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 36-0' 066.2+0.1-3 ft
29' 43+0' 016.2-0.0-9 ft
39' 19-0' 236.4+0.2+6 ft
49' 48+0' 066.1-0.1+7 ft
510' 14+0' 325.9-0.3-13 ft
610' 16+0' 345.8-0.3+9 ft
end10' 00+0' 186.0-0.2+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 42 min/mile

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Holly said...

I love Muse! Kind of embarrassed to admit this, but the "Twilight" soundtrack turned me on to them. (Shhh - don't tell). :-)

kilax said...

I always run too fast when I have new music too. I will have to check out Muse!

I am so excited that you are getting so speedy and it is coming so easy. Do you think it is the running club that is helping, or just the base mileage?

Oz Runner said...

that snowman looks like it's melted into the ground a bit..funny..
nice job on the run..

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