Greetings from Minnesota. It was 40 and sunny today, which has got to be a nice forecast anywhere in the country for January.
But for Minnesota in January, this weather is a divine slice of life that needs to be savored.
What better way to do that than with a run?
But first, let’s take a look at the views I’m seeing lately.
And an indoor look:
Yup, Etta moved indoors this week. She and 11 friends are happy campers. There is a big south facing door right next to their pen, so they still get natural sunshine and outdoor breezes when the weather is nice – like now!
So about that run…
I headed out for my first, yes first, run of the year on Sunday. I finally felt healthy enough that a run sounded possible, and the weather was beckoning.
My pace was easy, and the glorious (& gross) result of finally getting outside and breathing deep was a lot of gunk from somewhere within my sinuses got expelled. Ahhh!
After 2.5 easy miles I turned around for the run home (or actually, the run back to the farm).
The last 2.5 I thought I could pick up the pace a bit, and I settled in at that ubiquitous “comfortably hard” effort.
To my surprise/delight I’d locked onto a 9:00/pace during the return miles of my run.
A few posts ago, I talked about how a 1:59 half marathon, or about 9-minute-miles, is my new tempo pace. I want to run this pace so often and so consistently that I could run it in my sleep.
And on the second half of my first run of the new year, that’s just what I did.
So here’s to a spring of solid training and solid tempo runs.
Almost forgot! One more thing I should share.
I did get my last run of 2011 done in style. JR and I were up north with some friends on the 30th, and on the 31st it was cold enough that the snow hadn’t melted yet. This awaited me as I gleefully (albeit groggily) donned my carefully packed running shoes and clothes:
The snow was less once I reached the main road, and I had such fun as I explored 6 miles of Minnesota I’d never seen before, all under a cover of white.
Even though I’m happy being snow-free now, it was pretty for a few days. 🙂
What adventures have come your way in the new year?