Saturday, August 05, 2006

Finally some cooler weather

I ran my scheduled fourteen miles this morning. I was contemplating saving my long run for tomorrow because a friend, who is also training for Chicago, was going to do her long run tomorrow and wanted some company. After this morning's beautiful run, I'm glad I elected to go ahead and get it out of the way today.
When I woke up this morning at 5:30 it was only 63 degrees out. This is about twenty degrees cooler than it's been for the past two weeks at that time of the day. At first I thought that my eyes were playing tricks on me, but then I got outside and realized that it really was cool for the first time in ages.
My fourteen went pretty good today. I did my normal five out and back course and then went "exploring" for the remaining two miles. I found a huge hill that I'm going to have to try to start adding into my long runs as they get longer and got to cruise by a bunch of old, classy homes. It was a really nice run. The fact that it was cooler and I was having a good time made me faster. I was a little slow (10:00/miles) for the first half, but managed to pick the pace up to 9:30's on the way back in.
My ankle felt pretty good while I was running, but was slightly sore for the rest of the day. I've decided to see how next week goes, since it's a rest week, but if I'm still having trouble I'm heading to the doc after that. I am such a bad patient.


Firefly's Running said...

Nice run. I hope the ankle feels better soon. Hang in there.

Running Jayhawk said...

Awesome job! It's amazing how the heat can impact our runs. I'd loooove to be running in 60-degree weather right now.

Take it easy on your ankle and way to go incorporating a nasty hill in your training.