Greetings from Minnesota. It’s foggy and about 40 degrees this afternoon. Happy first day of spring!
If you haven’t spent time in the midwest in early spring, you may question why I title my post “ugly spring.” Well, spring around here means snow melt. As this happens, we’re left with dingy, grey piles of snirt (snow/dirt), lots of mud, and grass that is a pale green/brown combo.
Spring doesn’t get pretty until late April or early May when the grass really gets green and flowers and buds start peaking through. Of course it’s worth it, and I can’t wait for the flowers of May!
Here’s a brief look around the farm.
Every season has its beauty though, and this look at the white moon over partially melted fields at dusk does make a lovely scene.
As I continue marathon training, I must say I am humbled by the effort it takes to get through the weekend long runs and the growing weekly mileage my plan calls for.
I had 16 on my schedule for Saturday, and it was a chilly morning in the 20’s. I used this to justify not starting until the temps climbed above 32 at about noon, but possibly I was just procrastinating. 🙂
I successfully ran around “my” lake (which I blogged about just last week). It’s a little surreal to realize I ran 16 miles yesterday, but it’s even scarier to realize that a marathon is 10 miles more than that… 😯
I think I’m getting better at staying positive and running strong even when my legs feel like garbage. This, more than anything else, is what marathon training seems to be teaching me so far. I’m trying to employ an easy start to my long runs, and then pick up the pace as I go. So far so good, but as I plan to try for an even pace on race day I may need to try that out in my next long run.
FYI – my pride dictates that I state the last mile wasn’t really 10:54. My GPS started doing strange things at the end, and I would estimate I finished this run out at about 9:30-9:45 pace.
What does spring look like around you?
What is your pacing strategy for your long runs?