If you haven’t seen this video, watch it. Even if you have, watch it again.
1:24 is how I felt during my last two runs.
I ran last night — a solid tempo — and what I thought was going to be a lovely, 45 degree evening turned into a battle against lots and lots of wind. Temperature? Moderate. It’s the hurricane-force gusts that get you. Anyway, I put in 5.33 miles with a few solid hills, average pace 7:37. It’s the first even remotely faster run I’ve done since I started training. And it felt good. I’m baaaaaack!
This morning I ran my favorite route of all time, “Bridges,” courtesy of the D.C Capital Striders Dupont group. It takes you down Rock Creek Pkwy, over the Roosevelt Bridge, over the Key Bridge, through Georgetown and back to Logan/Dupont. Unfortunately, bridges are particularly painful when it’s windy. I had some very red skin and frozen fingers when I finally returned home. 6.36 miles, 8:58 pace. Not as good as last night. While a slower pace is good every now and then, I think I need a running buddy more often to push me. Because pushing is what gets the job done.
Anyway, I also ran yesterday morning and did an hour-long spin/weight circuit before my tempo run, so I’m going to have no problem hitting my 10 hours this week. Ironman training, bring it on!