Greetings from Minnesota! After a cold and windy Saturday, Sunday has been much more mellow and sunny.
A good thing because I finally got away from the treadmill and got outside for a few easy miles.
Yes, it’s true. Saturday was a chilly, windy, super- busy at the farm day, so I wimped out and did my long run before daybreak on the treadmill. I hope the long indoor miles are good for mental toughness!
Before I give you the running stats…
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Today as I covered 3 easy miles outside I got to thinking maybe the routine stuff I see when I run at the farm might make an interesting “spot.” The landscape looks pretty brown and dry – strange for February around here.
When I head west, the first place I approach has 2 very vocal dogs – I think I’ve mentioned them before. When I first started running here I was a bit terrified of them, but I soon learned they’re all bark and no teeth. They don’t even get too close to me; they just make a lot of noise.
It seems the older brown dog is smart enough to keep his younger counterpart off the road when cars approach.
I still don’t think it’s ideal that dogs run out at me, but the country is the country. It may seem crazy if you’re used to city laws and dogs always within chain-link fences, but out here everybody’s dogs mostly run free. Some better behaved than others. 🙂
And here’s my 1 mile tree. I know I’m not the only one who has landmarks for various distances, right?
The brown winter does have us all a little worried about the massive amounts of snow that could still be in store for March or April…
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12
Tuesday- 5.2 miles with middle miles @ goal 1/2 pace 8:57 (TM)
Wednesday- 3.1 miles easy @ 10:00 (TM)
Thursday- 3.8 miles with 2 x 1 mile @ 8:13, 8:00 (TM)
Saturday- 10.05 miles @ 10:05 with last mile about 9:40 (TM)
Sunday- 3 miles easy/recovery @ 10:30 (outside!)
Total – 25.2 miles
10 weeks to go!