Last week, the temperatures finally climbed above freezing, and the snow cover began to thaw. I have been running on park trails (Sand Run and the Towpath) for the past couple weeks because the roads and sidewalks were too treacherous. On Thursday, Sand Run's path was a slushy mess, but I was too excited about the 40-degree temperatures to complain. By Saturday, the snow had melted enough for me to hit the roads again.
It's amazing what a hard, dry running surface will do for your pace. My runs had been hovering above the 10-minute mile pace up until this weekend, when I actually managed to get under 9:30 per mile on Saturday and Sunday, all while logging 21 miles for the week -- my longest weekly total of the year and longest since November. (Yeesh!)
Saturday, I headed toward the hills on one of my neighborhood routes, logging four miles at a 9:15 pace. Sunday, I recorded my longest run of the year (a little over five miles), joining the Enthusiast for her first run of the year and then tacking on a few more miles on my own.
It was nice to actually complete all my planned runs. Now, I just have to follow up with another successful running week.
Advocacy and Inspiration
Last week, Nitmos wrote about Big Arthritis. This week, I have discovered Patrick's Running Blog (via Run with Me). "Patrick" is Patrick McGlade, who is running across the country to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. (There's that lattice of coincidences again.) Yesterday, he stumbled into the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in Phoenix, so he just went along with the course.