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Friday, March 12, 2010

Rain, Rain Went Away


Yesterday morning was horrible. I stood at my office window staring out at the pouring rain and wondering how I was going to get in both a run and a strength workout if I didn't run at lunch. I normally don't mind running in the rain but I had an afternoon meeting that I didn't want to show up to looking like a drowned rat.

Around 10:30 the email went out asking whether or not we were running. I held off on saying no because I was hoping that the rain would pass and it would be clear at noon.

And then, lo and behold, the sun came out! It didn't stay out but at least it quit raining. So, in the end, three of us (me and two of the guys) met up and did almost 4.25 miles. I wore my "This IS my race pace" shirt and tried my hardest to make it true.

As usual, the out portion of the out and back run was easy. But, like always, I struggled on the back part. However, I adjusted my form and pushed myself to keep up. And I ran negative splits! Of course, the Bones in Motion data adds in the few seconds of pause that we took at the halfway point, but if you subtract that then I totally ran the back portion faster than the out portion. I was definitely working hard there at the end. I'm supposed to run 9 more miles at this pace???

I was really happy to get in a run. Now, if the rain could just keep staying away until I'm done with Saturday's 9 miles I'll be even more happy. Or maybe if I could win Erica's running shirt giveaway. Either one :-)


Route:--Elev. Avg:585 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:+3 ft
Date:03/11/10Up/Downhill: [+147/-144]
Time:12:18 PMDifficulty:2.0 / 5.0
 57 F temp; 77% humidity
 57 F heat index; winds S 13 G 18

Distance: 4.22 miles
Speed:6.6 mph
Pace:9' 08 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 29+0' 216.3-0.2-20 ft
29' 06-0' 026.6+0.0-3 ft
39' 12+0' 046.5-0.0+13 ft
48' 36-0' 327.0+0.4+4 ft
end9' 28+0' 206.3-0.2+6 ft
Versus average of 9' 08 min/mile

Posted from bimactive.com


RunningLaur said...

Hope you have a bright sunny weekend!

I'm in the process of writing up a whole post for you about taking photos while running. I think my main tip is that I typically stop running and stand still to snap the picture, and I give it a second or two for the light balance to work itself out before I shoot. For every nice photo I get I probably get 2 or 3 bad ones too!

Lacey said...

i love so many things about this post.

first of all-- how awesome the rain stopped just in time for a lunch time run!!!

second of all-- "this IS my race pace" and "i tried my hardest to make it true" hehehe. that made me smile.

third of all-- the back part was hardest BUT you ran a negative split. yahhhhh that's the way. negative splits are my white whale :)

happy friday erin!

kilax said...

Awesome pace! I am getting so excited to see how you do at the half! :)

I ran that course on Tuesday. I like running next to the lake, but don't like the sloped path. Do you guys run up on the elevated part by the rode?

I hope it stays dry for your 9 miles tomorrow! :)

lifestudent said...

Im only doing 5 tomorrow ... but I dont think the weather is going to work in our favor. We will see, right?

kristen said...

Your the first person that I feel can actually justify not running in the rain. I swear people are pussies. I though runners were supposed to be tough?! Good for you!

Thanks for your very good and weel received advice. Your SO right. Don't let my brain get in the way! That is my new mantra.

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