|How could you complain about spending Christmas here, right?|
After having run a quick 10 miles the weekend of the 15th I was feeling jazzed about getting my next long run on. Fortunately, it wasn't too hot when I headed out, but my stomach decided to be particularly trot-tastic, and so I had to stop not once, but twice during my run - around miles 3 and 5. After that my stomach felt so gross that I decided to make it to 6 and call it a day. Not quite the run I was hopping for coming off the good momentum from my previous runs, so a few days later I decided that I'd try for a long run again - it wasn't like 6 was so far that I couldn't try for a longer run 3 days after.
The second time around, however, I wasn't so smart about getting up and out the door quickly to avoid the heat. Leaving the house close to noon was certainly not the way to go in Florida heat. I ran directly in the sun and after about 5 minutes knew that it would be a total fiasco. By mile 3 I felt dead and knew I wasn't going to make it back home from my out & back. By 3.25 I lamely quit and started walking, although I was able to intersperse a few half mile jaunts on the way back. Luckily, the Naples Half starts at 7:00 AM and hopefully it will be in the 50s-60s like I heard it was last year.
|Perhaps I should have waited for sunset once I missed my shot at early morning cool tempts...|
|Want in on paradise? It's not too late to sign up for the Naples Half.|
|Working out in the cold? Old hat.|
The snowfall in Michigan was fresh and continued throughout my run, which made many of the sidewalks and streets slippery, but I actually think that helped my run. In a way, it provided a nice distraction. Instead of thinking "I have how many more miles to go?" or "I'm tired" I was thinking "Does that look stable? Is my footing okay? Careful, careful, careful - don't slip!" and the next thing I knew I was nearly at my lofty goal of 10 miles. Even more surprising still, was that despite the tricky surface my average pace throughout the snow, hills and 10 miles came to 10:21 - far better than I had expected and actually pretty decent for me even in normal conditions.
|A liiiittle different than the terrain & temp from my run 2 days earlier....|