Today was the 7 mile group run. I made it down there around 720 this morning, and ugh, it was COLD. I was a little nervous as we were doing our pre-run huddle and I didn't see H or F, but right before we got going, H showed up..yeah, my running partner! Not sure how I would have gotten through it without her.
It was a good morning. My alarm went off at 6 this morning, though I woke up at 5. I kept staring at the clock trying to force myself back to sleep, which of course never works. I'm getting smart about putting aside my running clothes on Friday night so I'm not scrambling and running out of time. So I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, and before I was even fully awake, had my running clothes on. I made some tea, ate breakfast (2 slices of Ezekiel toast with sunflower butter), and to my surprise - D got up and walked me out (which was really cute - especially since he hates mornings even more than I do).
The weather was 27 degrees, but when I looked it up, it was 9 with the wind chill. The first bit and the last were brutal, but once we got on the trails, at least there was no wind. I was dressed well from the waist up, but not from the waist down. In very short order, I could no longer feel my legs. I've been running in either yoga pants or regular workout pants, and likely need to invest in some running pants that actually cover my legs (all mine are capri length), and don't let the draft in. On the top half I wore a long-sleeve running turtle neck, a t-shirt, a fleece sweatshirt, and a running jacket. Sounds like overkill - it wasn't. I also had a hat and my nike gloves - which did a terrible job of keeping my hands warm. I also had my water-bottle belt.
After the first 2 miles, we stopped for water and a bathroom break before hitting back on the trails. 3.5 miles out, 3.5 miles back. Running with H is always nice and we never run out of things to say - though can run in silence as well.
I felt good and strong - the breakfast agreed with me well. We took several walk breaks and averaged a 14 min mile. I was a little surprised, but I think that until I get better at this, the longer the distance - the slower I'll be.
I got home, took a really hot shower to try and get feeling back in my legs and fingers - and then went to the movies. My daughter's boyfriend came over, and my husband volunteered me to make dinner (so much for leftover night), so I made chicken parm with pasta, salad, and garlic cauliflower. I didn't have anything - ate too much crap at the movies (popcorn AND twizzlers). I did have a Tofu Apple wrap when I got home to try and equalize the junk food.
I am going to go read - something I don't get much time to do. My plan is to turn in early and make the most tomorrow of my last day off before *gasp* heading back to work.
So overall - a great day. I'm proud that I got that 7 miles done, and even more proud that I have been really sticking to the training schedule, and have thus far done all of my runs out in the elements. Tomorrow is a Rest/Crosstrain day, and I'm meeting a friend for hot yoga at 315. I'm really sore right now - mostly from yoga yesterday - but I imagine the run today has a bit to do with it as well. It's a good sore though, and I think yoga tomorrow will be a good plan. With maybe a few bloody marys after!