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)
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!