ORN: 10.3 miles, 1:42:47, 9:59/mile R6/W1
Boy, it is nice to finally get some better weather to run in. I mean it's all well and good to slog through the winter and feel tough and disciplined and long-term-viewish. But that's simply a necessary mental game to keep one running during December, January and February in the Midwest. What we really want is a day like today.
Sunny, 53, with a slight breeze from the southwest. Sweet. Had 6 miles on the plan; that seemed far too short on such a beautiful day. So, I did 10. I pushed the pace of my run segments to 9:30 (no, I'm not Kenyan) and it felt fine. Icing on the cake, I got home in time to watch Purdue advance to the Sweet Sixteen with a nice win over Washington out in Portland.
With the ITB pain I fought after the Memphis Marathon all cleared up, I've altered my spring race plan. Next Saturday, I'm running the Sam Costa Half Marathon in Indy. This is a traditional season opener in this area and will be my fourth time participating. It has two big loops, one around a large gravel pit, the second through high-end homes in Indy's lovely suburban Carmel. It'll be interesting to see how many for-sale signs are out. I'll have a report next week.
I'm also thinking about a couple of other races coming up, while reminding myself my race appetitite can get bigger than my stomach.