Holy crap it was cold this morning! I got up at five with the idea that I would get my booty out the door for my five miles of speedwork sometime around six o’clock. When I checked the weather, my jaw hit the floor: it was 35 degrees outside! That’s January weather, not October (and, yes, I know I’m spoiled with fantastically mild winter weather – hence my post title). Between the cold and the dark – sunrise was at 7:27 this morning, yikes! – I just wasn’t feeling the love of the run, so I dilly-dallied until almost 7 am before I finally got going.
I spent the first mile and a half laughing at the irony of calling this part of my run a “warm up.” There was no warming up to be had. My hands, face and feet went numb from the cold almost instantly and I kept wondering how in the world I was going to hit my mile repeats. I’ve been enjoying the cooler weather, but this was downright cold! I also haven’t done
any very much speedwork for about the last six months. I used to be very conscientious about it, but it has really fallen by the wayside for quite awhile now.
I guess I shouldn’t have worried about it, because even my chilly legs still knew what to do when Garmin beeped at me to pick it up. I ended up spanking my goal time (7:52/mi) on both mile repeats (7:43 and 7:49). I couldn’t believe how wonderful it felt to run fast again. Fast for me, that is.
I realized today that I’ve also become very spoiled with my early morning traffic. Apparently people are in a huge hurry at 7 am, and can’t bother to wait for a runner to cross the street at a signal with the pedestrian crossing sign flashing at them. At one intersection, I was inches away from setting foot in the street, when not one, not two, not even three, but SIX cars made a right hand turn directly in front of me! There may have been some swearing and hand gestures, but I’m not admitting to anything.
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