After working diligently through January (missing only a handful of days without a workout of some kind), I tested my efforts this morning.
First, to set the stage, the roads and trails in Minneapolis are still ice and snow covered – especially the trails. Last weekend we enjoyed 40 degree days, followed by sub zero temperatures Monday through Thursday morning. That meant water standing on Sunday turned to sheet ice on Monday morning and it remains there today.
The temp this morning was already 27 degrees when I got up at 7:30 – ideal for a run outside. In proper running attire I left at 9 a.m. did a light couple blocks of warm up trotting and then hit the start button on the watch timer. Fifty-two minutes 51 seconds later I was back in my driveway having put 5.5 miles behind me.
I realize many runners would laugh at a 9:35 pace, but hey, I’m no runner. By June 1, however, I’m thinking I can squeeze out a 8:45 5k pace, which would be blazing for me, and surpass last year’s run segment in the tri I participated in by a full 45 seconds per mile. That’s a gain of more than a minute and a half in the run portion of the race. Coupled with a faster swim and better transitions and I’m well on my way to cutting 10 minutes from my finish time of 1:33:38.
Time for eggs and a waffle!