Tuesday, October 28, 2008

new england weather

so yesterday here in connecticut it was a gorgeous, 60+ degree day with sunny skies and a light breeze. today it's poured rain, hung around in the low-40s, and had winds gusting up to 22mph. luckily i found a brief window where it didn't rain (for the most part). it did start sprinkling/sleeting on me with about 1.5 miles to go though, not fun. my hands warmed up in the first mile but then for whatever reason got (freezing) cold again in the 3rd mile and stayed that way.

today's run was supposed to be a tempo run. my lungs have been sucking and i've been living on my inhalers but i thought i'd try to push the pace anyway. bad idea. warmed up in the first mile and then picked it up for the second. barely pushed out an 8min/mile and i knew my lungs were not going to cooperate for any more decently-paced miles. so i pulled it back and just ran, trying to stay warm.

mile 1 - 8:44, 147
mile 2 - 7:52, 163
mile 3 - 8:45, 161
mile 4 - 8:45, 162
mile 5 - 8:57, 162
mile 6 - 9:00, 162
mile 7 - 9:32, 170 *um, enormous hill to get back to my aunt's house, enormous

the difficulty i am having breathing and the inhaler meds are really having an effect on my hr. normally a run at this pace would be in the 140s/150s. i will probably skip my 800s this thursday and just get in some easy paced mileage.

it's been nice to run in "new" territory (i've ran here before just not in a couple years). yesterday soleyah, jim and i ran on the fairfield university campus, and today i ran through downtown fairfield and in fairfield beach along the long island sound.

pm run: 7 miles, 1:01:59 (8:51 avg pace), avg/max hr (161/183)


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