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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday Night Light

Have I ever talked about my hat light? I can't remember. Either way, that's it up there. Isn't it cute? I get a lot of compliments on it. It's been coming in pretty handy on Thursday nights when we do our intervals. The streets we run on don't really have street lights and last night there were still some snowy areas.

Yes, I ran outside Thursday night. After the blizzard. In the single digit temperatures. Believe it or not, it wasn't half bad.

Only three of us were able to brave the elements for various reasons so I ran by myself for much of the time. We warmed up together and then I was on my own for the first 3 intervals. The plans? 4x5:00 minutes at 5K pace w/3:00 minute rest intervals.

My goal according to our leader? Work on my cadence. Move my feet faster without necessarily working harder. By the way, this is just as difficult as it sounds. Still I ended up with the following times:
Warm Up - 2 miles @ 10:03 pace
1st 5 minutes - 8:00 pace
3:00 recovery jog
2nd 5 minutes - 8:09 pace
3:00 recovery jog
3rd 5 minutes - 8:26 pace
3:00 recovery jog
4th 5 minutes - 8:04 pace
3:00 recovery jog
Cool Down - .5 miles @ 10:09 pace

Total mileage: 6.14

A HUGE thanks to our leader who hung back with me during that 4th interval. She pushed me hard, gave me encouragement, and basically made it so that I almost matched my last interval to my first one. Otherwise, as you can see, the trend was to slow down.

Also, in case you're curious, this is what you wear when it's single digits outside with a possible windchill of below zero -
2 pairs of socks
1 pair of capris
1 pair of tights
1 pair of windpants
1 tank top
2 long sleeved tops
1 jacket
1 neck gaiter
1 pair of mittens
1 fleece ear band

Winter running sure does equal a lot of laundry. Thankfully the adrenaline rush is worth it.


Lindsay said...

That's exactly the same one I have. I have one that goes on the forehead but it never stays. I enjoy the hat brim one a lot more.

kilax said...

Nice pace! I am happy to hear you got out there, and am hoping your leg is better?

I like your light! Looks much more comfortable than the thing I wear on my head!

Ah... winter running laundry. I have been trying to re-wear my tights as often as possible, but I still have to do laundry at least once a week, if not twice!

and then there was METAL said...

does it work well?


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I've never seen something like that....where did you get it? Is it comfortable? I like to run in the mornings, and though I haven't been lately (I'm a wuss in the weather right now), I'd like to get back into it and with my clumsiness, would LOVE something like that.

Amy W said...

Where did you get that light? I run some at night and need one of those!

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