Today's scheduled run was 6 with our Winter Warrior team, but we decided to go for 8 (mostly based on the opinions I got from all of you!). It was a balmy 27 here in Chicago, and we honestly were peeling off layers as we ran. How crazy is that? I plan to do a couple of runs during the week, but then 13.1 in quite the different climate. Current weather prediction is for 74 degrees next Sunday. A couple of my friends think I need to do some indoor runs, worried that I wont acclimate very well since all of my running has been outside this winter. It seems like such a hassle to try to do that (without my own treadmill or a gym membership) and I can pretty much guarantee its not going to happen. Hopefully that doesnt lead to some sort of meltdown next weekend, but I'm hoping I'll be ok. I know the new "proactive me" should anticipate the problems I'll have in 74 degree temps and try to do something about it now, but I think I'm going to rely on faith for now.
Today was our last run with the Winter Warrior team. I'm not going to really miss it, as we mostly just ran together with the group of friends I signed up with. But I will miss being able to gripe about that pace leader. I do find joy in whining about things, especially when I am not at the root of the problem. Now what am I going to complain about?
Time:1:26:21   Distance:7.85mi   Pace:11:00
Run went the same as usual, our pace leader led us on a much-slower-than-11:00-pace run. We took turns with different pacers and got a little bit faster. We were with our group for about 5.5 miles and did the last 2+ on our own. As usual, we had to walk for like 30 seconds at the turn around, "to hydrate", which I think means that the pace leader was tired and needed to get some rest.
Overall it was a good run, but all four of us really were "done" at 6. It was one of those days were we didnt feel like going the extra distance, but everyone did (because we are Winter Warriors after all). In the end, we rewarded our efforts with pastries and lattes from Starbucks. Not like that was a special reward though, we do it after every Saturday run :)