As I write this, I am still red faced and sweaty from our 7 mile run this morning. In the past, I have always started my training on January 1st, with the grand finale being the Salt Lake City Marathon in mid April. In Utah that means I train all winter and run in the snow and then a week or two before the race it magically melts and the temperature soars to 60 degrees. I never realized how lucky I was! We started our run about 8:30am this morning and it felt cool enough.......but that didn't last long.
I am trying to incorporate hills on our long runs and boy did I ever. We decided to try out the recently finished bike trail that starts by our house and runs......well, UP. It passes through a place called Parley's Hollow (off leash dog haven!) before crossing two freeways and then running along the bench of Wasatch Mountains. We ran 3.5 miles and then turned around. I am not sure why it was uphill both ways but this was a very hard run. Probably the most challenging route I have ever "crafted".
Of course, the minute it was over I thought, "that was great! I am sooo tough!" I changed my Garmin display to show Average Pace instead of just pace and that was much more useful. Even with all the hills (and a few walk breaks up the biggest of those hills) we still kept an okay pace. That is by my standards, not yours sweets. I usually feel good about a pace closer to 10 min mile, but I will still take this:
And I will also take this:
Impress me with your toughness sweets. What major sweaty plans do you have for this weekend?