Friday, March 18, 2011
03/18/11: Shake Your Shamrock Virtual 7K
Linzi @ Beyond Destination 26.2 and Aneta @ My Running Bucket are hosting a Shake Your Shamrock Virtual Run and you know me, I signed up the minute I heard about it.
The rules were to run either a 7K or a 13K.
And complete it between 03/17 and 03/20.
(There's still time if you want to sign up and run!!!)
I was planning on getting up yesterday morning...but failed miserably. My comfy bed won the battle. :-)
This morning was another story. I was awake a few minutes before the alarm went off. I had my gear all laid out. And the weather is still as gorgeous as ever.
Since running 7K is an unusual distance for me, I sat down at the computer earlier this week to map out my 4.34 mile route. Today technically only called for a 3 mile run on my schedule....but adding a little extra seemed perfectly fine. :-)
A few blocks from home I scared three large deer from a neighbors garden. The three of them went thundering down the road, heading east...upset I'd rustled them from their breakfast.
After I'd been running about 10 minutes or so, I looked down at my Garmin and noticed it was telling me I had run 1.92 miles.
In 10 minutes??
Crap! I'd taken the dogs for a walk a couple nights before, and hadn't reset it. Whoops. :-)
As I'm looking at my Garmin, I'm not watching where I'm going. Suddenly those SAME three deer go flying across the road in front of me. They probably thought I was following them.
The rest of the run was pretty uneventful. Tomorrow is the full moon, so I only needed to turn on my headlamp in a few places. Most of my run was protected from the wind...but in the few spots I wasn't protected, I was running directly into it. (my luck)
When I plugged the ol' Garmin in after I'd returned home, I found I did a little more than the 4.34 needed. I'd gone 4.7 (7.56 K). Close enough. :-)
Me and my green before jumping into the shower and heading to work.
Post race recovery drink of choice. Chocolate milk!!!!!!
Average overall pace, 11:12 pace. (elevation gain 432, elevation loss 472 - I live on a big hill...surrounded by other big hills...there are no flat routes)