Running on thin ice

Literally.

Went out last night with my regular Tuesday crowd. We are trying out a new location that has a 2 mile paved loop that is semi-lit. Nice since we have varying degrees of speed amongst the crowd, ranging from beginner to Ironman experience. Also this new location features a decent sized hill.

The roads were icy last night but since I left on time for once I got there early and was able to get a loop in with B before A and CK arrived. Right away I could tell we weren't going to be very speedy because of the ice. I opted to run on the side of the path in the grass because I am extremely clumsy. B and I made it through the first loop in 17:47.

I was wearing shorts, a long sleeved technical, and a medium weight jacket. It was about 32 degrees F with winds ranging from 25-35 mph. So supposedly it felt like 19 F. I checked the runners world dress the runner and it said shorts so I went with it. I actually was pretty warm except for when the wind was hitting us directly in the face.

We waited for A and CK to get there and I realized shorts were only good while running, not while standing around in the dark!

We headed out and finished our second loop in 18:18.

On the next loop CK informs us that we are doing hill repeats, lovely.

Best I can figure the hill is about 175-200 m long. And it starts about 400 m into the loop. So we ran up at a good clip 4 times before finishing out the third loop (in 14:27).

I have no clue what is a good hill split for me but here they are: (up, down)

1:13.58, 1:23.05
1:05.80, 1:28.40
1:00.83, 1:30.40
54.61

Then we went out for our last loop in 16:37.

So somewhere around 8.75 miles last night.

I am not usually a fan of looped workouts but last night wasn't so bad. We will see if it gets old week after week though.

Tomorrow is the Detroit Turkey Trot 10k. I am waiting to see what the conditions will be to decide if it will be a fun run or a race. Shouldn't be too hard to PR either way since I have never really raced a 10k. I think this is a distance I will like racing though. Maybe we will find out tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope everyone has safe trips and fun times with their families this week!

12 comments:

ShoreTurtle said...

Way to run in the ice! Thanks for mentioning RW dress the runner--I didn't know that there was such a thing. Very cool. Have a great holiday!

robtherunner said...

Hope the weather is good for the T-trot tomorrow. 10K is a good racing distance.

The Clyde said...

Great clothing link....appreciate it.

Go rock that Turkey trot in typical Elizabeth fashion....let us know how it turns out.

The Spandex-King said...

Good Luck.
Gobble Gobble

Bolder said...

shorts with a 19F wind chill... you'll never have to prove your courage to me again!

Susan said...

I never trust 'dress the runner' - but I always check - everyrun

BuckeyeRunner said...

Good luck in your 10K! I am debating doing a 5 mile TT tomorrow. My quads are still pretty sore, so I am not sure. It will be a game-time decision, for sure.
I am a westsider, formerly east sider. I swim at the Westlake Rec. On the east side, I used to swim at CWRU - the same pool their undergrad team uses.
There's the JCC in Cleveland Heights, or the YMCA on Mayfield, near Richmond. There is a masters swim team in Lakewood that I contemplated joining.

BuckeyeRunner said...

Also, you can check out www.clubswim.com, it will allow you to search for pools in your area.
Have a great Turkey Day!

monica said...

Don't worry-I'll post those pics soon. Just haven't gotten around to it....

Joseph Vinciquerra said...

I don't know how 'pure' runners can wear shorts in anything under 40F. My legs need to be nice and toasty *all* the time. But, to each their own, I suppose.

Happy Thanksgiving Elizabeth! Rock the run!

D said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

E-Speed said...

shoreturtle and dj- no prob on the clothes link I usually trust my instincts but it is nice to have some confirmation

buckeye- thanks for the swim links. I need to get back in the pool asap.

joseph- thats funny because I always laugh at the people wearing tights if I don't absolutely have to, I fry if I have on too much. To each their own indeed!

Thanks dgc!