After spending most of the weekend soaking up the cuteness of my nephew, I was ready to hit the pavement this morning.
I have to say, this is my favorite time of the year for running. The sun is still shinning but the air is cool and crisp. I’ve been avoiding the pavement as much as possible due to back issues, but this morning called for road running.
I knew distance wouldn’t be achievable, so I decided to make it an interval run. It went a little something like this:
1 mile warm up
1/2 mile at comfortable pace (around 830-840)
1/2 mile uncomfortable (740-750)
Repeat this until 4.5 miles, then cooled down for 1/2 mile.
Nothing fancy, but I love adding speed intervals into my runs for so many reasons.
1. They make the time go by so much faster.
2. They make you feel like you worked 2x as hard.
3. They increase your endurance and overall speed.
One BIG difference between running in the south vs Colorado. ——–>SWEAT!
I still sweat in Colorado, but nothing like the good ol’ south (it was only 45 degrees)
Sometimes I miss running in the south. Don’t get me wrong, Colorado is THE state for runners, but the south has its perks too. There are rolling hills that open up to miles of beautiful land with fields, animals, and houses. You sweat! The humidity is so high, it’s not a question of if you sweat, it’s how much you sweat. There’s always people willing to offer a water, fan, or place to sit! I can’t tell you how many times I got lost while running in Mississippi. Especially on long training runs, one wrong turn can leave you hoping you can make it back to your start. I’ve hitched rides, asked to borrow a phone, and yes, asked for directions all while on runs. I’ve never gotten turned down, and I’ve never gotten less than a warm smile as someone helped me out. There’s just something true to the phrase “southern hospitality”.
I’m not at work today, so no good animal stories for you. Still just soaking up the time I get with this little man
Those cheeks! 😍Hope everyone has a good week!