|Under Armour is my favorite go-to bras for long runs.|
|My new iPhone4 with the Nike+GPS app. Thanks hubby!|
Since snow/ice/puddles/mud are still roadside issues here, I stuck to my neighborhood 5-mile loop, where I knew the traffic would be light. After mile 4, I remembered just how hilly this route was, reminding me to add some hill workouts into my training schedule (only thing I see missing in the FIRST program thus far). As I finished the first loop, I refueled with a sample Clif Bar that I picked up at my last race expo, and grabbed my new water bottle that I won from the fabulous ladies at Run Like A Mother.
By mile 7, my right glut started to ache from the hills. Reluctantly, my pace slowed. However, by mile 8.5 with the end in-sight, I picked it up like a horse on the way back to the barn. At mile 9, a good-looking neighbor flagged me down, wondering just how far I was running since he's seen me twice in the last hour. "If you run by again, I'll have to stop you and invite you in for coffee," he says. Hmmmm, maybe I can go 15? Ha-ha, Nah!
TOTAL: 10.1 miles in 1 hour, 45 minutes (10:23 pace). A little disappointed with the pace, but considering the hillwork and snow-stepping, I'll take it!!
|Winter in Illinois makes for rather ugly scenery, but I got to test out the camera on the iPhone while running.|
Best of all, I came home to find a clean and quiet house. For a second I thought I walked into the wrong house, but then I found two beautiful girls and one handsome daddy playing a game of Princess dominos. Could a run end any better?!?!
|The playlist that got me through 10 miles... "Run Mix #3" on shuffle (click on it to enlarge)|