I ran on Saturday - three glorious miles, ahhhh. I love a short "long" run. It was very cold - temperature of 30 degrees, with a "feels like" temp of 25, but I (and I kind of want to shout this from the rooftops) finally own the right winter running gear, and I dressed correctly for this run! I didn't get a picture, but here's a "Flat Shelley" of what I wore:
Bottom to top: Full-length running tights (these are from Lucy, many years old, but thicker than my usual running capris), running skirt (extra layers to keep my behind warm); lined long-sleeve running shirt (this is from Brooks, called a Heater Hog); lightweight, thin windbreaker); gloves (Layered Up by Under Armour - finally, a pair of gloves that keeps my fingers warm enough while I run); neck gaiter (this one is from Hoo Rag), and my trusty Elmer Fudd hat (Breathe Thermo by Mizuno - it has ear flaps!).
Except for the gloves and skirt, everything else is fairly old; it took me until last year to finally accept that our winter running season is long enough that it's worthwhile for me to buy the appropriate running gear. It was so nice to not be too cold, or too constricted because I was layering everything I owned in an attempt to be warm - this was just perfect for my short, cold run.
After our run we all went to Blue Baker for breakfast - it'd been so long since we've been there that the manager asked what had happened to us, and gave us some treats - a fudge brownie, and two scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough:
Cary and the cookie dough...hmmm, that sounds like it could be the title of a cute children's book!
I've never had three pairs of running shoes at the same time - I feel like a pro now! Here they are, in their rotational order:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (newest shoes/longest run)
I've kept track of the mileage on these shoes, thanks to the gear widget on Garmin connect, so I know that the shoes on the left have about 275 miles on them, the shoes in the middle have about 250, and the shoes on the right have 16.5 miles on them. I'm shooting for 350 miles on each pair before I retire them, but my knees will tell me when they are ready to go; they don't normally bother me when I run, but it seems like whenever they do, it's time for a new pair of shoes.
As you know, our last training season started back in July, which was entirely too long for a goal race in January, but we had joined USAFit again, and their goal race was in December, so that's why we started so early. That was a long time to train, especially when you're already a runner. Their schedule was too intense as well - mileage jumped up really early in the season, and was more than the recommended 10% per week. I have no idea why last year's organizer let that happen, but it did. After so many years of participating in, as well as being an organizer of, a running club, I feel confident enough that I can come up with a good training program for next season that will get us to the start line without having to overdo it - after all, we run for fun, not to beat a specific time or anything like that. We will probably do a 16-week training program in order to get ready for our goal half marathon, but luckily that won't start for a long while.
Next month, our little group of Renegades will be running the Missions half marathon/10K in San Antonio. You can probably guess which of us is doing the 10K - that would be me, haha. I'm good with doing just one half marathon per year, so I'm done for 2016 - nice to get that out of the way so early, right? It's a relief to not have another 13.1 miles ahead of me - heck, the 6.2 miles of the 10K is plenty!
I may run a few smaller races, but mostly I'll just be running for exercise, sanity, and fun. Our group enjoys getting together on Saturday mornings for running and breakfast; I think I have the best of both worlds, being able to combine exercise and friendship on a regular basis.