Time – 41:41
Distance – 4.3 miles
Pace – 9:40 min/mi
Elevation – 158 ft.
I tried to push hard tonight. I wanted to run fast because it was cold and I need to add a few faster runs during the week. Not everything can be at 130 BPM heart rate. It felt fine and never felt like I pushed beyond where I needed to be to go the full four miles. I might be able to hold this pace for 10K, which means that a sub-hour is not out of the question. Strava says that I ran a PR for 5K (29:25), and I think that was with a pretty big hill and a head wind. I’m wondering if I have sub–29:00 in me right now.
First “cold weather” run outside today. I put on gloves, a hat, and a long sleeve shirt because it was in the low 50’s and windy. The gloves might have been a bit much, but I was warm enough into the wind. I was surprisingly comfortable, despite the breeze and a little bit of drizzle at the very start of the run. I didn’t get really sweaty or too warm, which probably saved me from a uncomfortable situation.
When I ran the last time around, there was so much starting and stopping with walk breaks that I would get cold, and overdress, and then get too sweaty, and then get cold, and…you get the idea. Slowing down a little, working on consistent pace, and smart decisions are going to make this winter much better. I’m thinking there will be more outside time for me this year.
More time outside is always better!