I woke up to sunshine this morning!!
And warm sunshine at that!
Today finally feels like a spring day and I'm loving every minute of it. Yesterday was all dreary and rainy, but today is GORGEOUS!
Yesterday I did a very slow recovery run. I did 2.02 miles in 30 minutes. Not too bad, except for the buckets of rain that decided to pour on me around 1.3 miles. Gross. Normally, I don't mind running in the rain, but it was super cold yesterday and the rain just made it miserable. It wasn't the warmer spring rain that I actually enjoy. So, after I finished my run, I immediately got in a scalding hot shower to warm myself up. My mother made me a big bowl of chicken soup and I felt TONS better.
But today, today was absolutely gorgeous! The high was in the 70s but there was a slight breeze in the air. Birds were chirping, the sky was bright blue and the sun was shining! Who WOULDN'T want to go running in that kind of weather?! I decided to do a tempo run today and set out at a much quicker pace than I had been running. Normally, I've been averaging about 14 to 15min/mile for my long runs, and around 13 for my shorter runs. My first mile I really kicked it up a notch and ran a 12:15min/mile. The second mile was slower because my muscles were fatigued and I was running uphill (yay). My second mile was finished in 14 minutes though, which is still incredible for me. As I sprinted back to my house, down a hill of course, I decided to do an extra loop around the block and tack on an additional 0.25 miles. The entire run took 31 minutes, which is awesomeness in a sun-shiny bottle!
I was even more excited because I got to wear my short sleeve tech shirt without a jacket over it today. Little did I know that a bright pink sports bra under a high-lighter yellow shirt is a bad combination while sweating. No wonder I got honked at 3 times today. After my run, I still wasn't completely spent and wanted to be outside for a little longer, so I grabbed my dog and forced her to go around the neighborhood with me. (She's 14 years old and kind of a cranky puppy, but she made it around the entire block! She then promptly passed out when we got back inside.... how I envy her.) To continue with my enjoyment of the spring day, we did our program activities with the girls outside in a field. I really wanted to go for another run after work today, but I got called into my other job so I couldn't go. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as nice and I can at least take my dog for a walk again (tomorrow is my cross training day, which is sad because it means no running- BOO).
On another topic that is somewhat related to warm weather, I've been doing a lot of research on hydration. Soon I'm going to be increasing my mileage (over 5 miles) and I know I'm going to need to take some water with me when I run. I had been considering a camelbak but after my library experience (HERE) I feel that the pack may just weigh me down while I run. I have heard good things about race belts as well, but I don't know how I would feel having water bottles jostling around on my waist/hips. Then, there is the quick grip water bottle. That would be nice because I don't have to wear anything, but gripping a bottle in my hand for multiple miles sounds like a bad cramp waiting to happen. I'm not sure what to choose, so I'm reaching out to you all for some advice and guidance. Decisions, decisions.
Questions of the Day:
1.What is your favorite weather to run in? Warm, hot, colder, rainy, etc)
I enjoy spring weather where it's warm but there is a slight breeze.
2. When the weather is warmer, what do you use to keep yourself hydrated on long runs?
I am considering multiple options on hydration methods for when I start increasing my mileage over the next few months. I currently don't take anything with me, just down my water bottler when I get home.