|Time||Total – 41:02 |
|Speed||Overall – 7:53 min/mile|
|Breakfast||6:00 AM – cereal|
|Weather||mid 40s, dry, calm mostly overcast|
|Equipment||Brooks road shoes|
|Clothing||shorts, Craft short sleeve undershirt, long sleeve active t|
My first outdoor run since the beginning of October! Nice.
I was walking down to the IMA thinking I would do another 30 minutes on the treadmill when I decided, "screw that"... it was nice outside and sooner or later I needed to hit the pavement. Or grass. Or whatever; just so it's outside. So that's where I went.
I figured heading up through Ravenna Park would be a 'soft' route so I went there watching the clock thinking I would just turn around after 15 minutes but when 15 minutes came and went I was getting close to Green Lake so went just a bit further.
At 19:30 I had reached 65th. At 20:30 I was rounding the corner at 70th. The way back had more downhill than uphill so I was hoping for a negative split but looks like I ran both directions in exactly the same amount of time.
The grass median on Ravenna was very soft. It sure does not drain well. A couple of times I would sort of slide sideways as my foot hit the ground so I had to be careful but it's just dirt, and way better for me than concrete at this point I'm guessing.
I felt good! My breathing was somewhat labored but my feet and knees and everything else felt fine. Well, I guess my arms actually got a tiny bit tired and I was not even carrying a bottle! I am SUCH a wimp from the waist up it's laughable. It appears I can also break down a five mile run into way more detail than most people would ever think of doing but hey, it's my first on in a long time so I deserve a break.
ASIDE – there were a lot of people walking their dogs off leash in Ravenna Park. What is with that? We have laws for a reason people... Kidding. Sort of. There was also this cute little girl who was probably all of four years old on a little pink bike cruising down the gravel path like she owned it. Her mom could hardly keep up. Very cool – especially as she did not seem to be afraid of the downhill sections.