|Fire display near the skating rink at Town Center Plaza in Leawood, KS|
But this winter I committed to myself to run every run outside. And, so far so good! I haven't ran inside yet. I'm sure there will be an unbearable day here or there that forces me inside, but if at all possible, I'm running under the sky. I'm not a treadmill hater like some of y'all, but I just think you get a much better workout outdoors.
Today's conditions weren't bad at all, 29 degrees with only 4 mph wind, but about 96% humidity, so the "feels like" was about 24. I got in a good Tempo run that averaged a 6:42 pace over 7 miles, with three additional miles for warm up and cool down, for 10 overall. And the 5 middle miles were below 6:30. The pace wasn't as easy as it was this past summer, but golly, I sure hope I'm not "months away" from being able to repeat this pace during another workout.
So far, my 2015 marathon training has been "warming up" quite nicely. I'm pretty happy with how soon I got back up to speed. Now I just have to keep building my base and then whittle the speed down a little more as I near the end of February - but that's a long ways away. The plan is to add mile per week to my Tempo runs, to get the mileage to about 16-18 miles at Tempo pace as we near the race, although that's probably a little ambitious. Right now I'd just be happy to hold the pace for 10 miles.
In winters past, I would acquiesce to running inside until it warmed up a little. It just seemed like a necessary requirement for living in the Midwest. But as long as it doesn't get excruciatingly cold, I plan on pushing through outdoors until Spring. And hopefully by then, I'll be ready for my fastest marathon ever ... that is if my legs aren't frostbitten. Have a great week!
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