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Saturday, February 5, 2011

On My Own....

This is not me. My jacket is teal. And we have a lot more snow.

Due to a mix-up on my part, I had to do Saturday morning's run by myself. AFTER doing my CrossFit bootcamp workout. I took a break at home between the two and a part of me really didn't want to go running.

But, I sucked it up and went out there to tackle the snow mounds, slushy streets, and lane-and-a-half roads. I had 10-11 miles @ 9:30-10:00 minute pace on my training schedule and by golly I wanted them done.

Interestingly, I felt pretty good considering I'd just done a strength training workout. In fact, I think my muscles were nice and warmed up. I thought about what our speedwork leader told me on Thursday and tried to keep my cadence up, especially when I got tired. The first few miles went by quickly but having to stop for traffic, dodge cars, climb snow piles, or run in the slushy snow in the street started to take their toll. It's hard to zone out when you're constantly on alert for cars.

I was also quite overdressed. Almost everything I had on was SOAKED when I got home. I guess a short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt, and a jacket is too much when it's above 20oF and sunny. Yuck.

Still, I made my goal! 10 miles at a 9:41 pace. Just about perfect.

And all that running earned me 60 points at Earndit. What's Earndit? It's a website that interfaces with several online workout tracking tools to give you points for your workouts. You can then trade in the points for various things. When you upload your workouts to Garmin Connect, Nike+ or several other websites Earndit automatically gets notified and assigns you points.

Granted, the rewards you can trade the points in for aren't all that great but, hey, why not?

Also, after my run I treated myself to a deep tissue massage at my gym. They sent me a $25 off coupon for my birthday that I needed to use by February 12th so off I went. The massage therapist marveled at how tight my legs are and did quite a number on my sore left leg. It still hurts but I'm hoping that he broke up some tissue and it will get better faster. And let me tell you, if you've only ever had a relaxation massage, a deep tissue massage is NOTHING like that. But I like it that way :-)

Neighborhood 10 by snmnstrz21 at Garmin Connect - Details


Anonymous said...

You ROCK for pulling off a great 10 miler in this weather!!! And good for you for getting a massage afterwards. You absoutely deserved that! I've had massages, but the ones I've had are NEVER "hard enough" for me. I keep telling them, "dig harder! Dig harder!" My muscles are always so tight, I need them to dig deep.

kilax said...

Awesome pace! And in the crappy snow, no less! I think that means you were really running at a 9:15 pace or something.

You will have to show me what your coach told you about cadence.

Your massage = jealous Kim.

Lauren @ Lauren Runs said...

EarnedIt seems like a cool tool & way to get prizes for running you're already doing! I just signed up!

Mica said...

Ahhh, I'm afraid of a deep tissue massage. And also kind of intrigued...It sounds painful but also really nice. Plus, I don't like all the weird gimmicky zen stuff of "soothing" massages.

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