Today I joined in the virtual 7 mile race hosted by Amanda! Lucky for me, Mother Nature fully cooperated and gave me a sunny 60* day today! After playing with my niece and nephew this morning, I set out for my run around 2 pm. I headed to a trail near my parents house since even though its warm today and most of the snow here is melted (the huge piles will just be a big dirty lump until April or so), the sidewalks and roads tend to be covered in sand and salt.
So, I’m going to be perfectly honest, it was a pretty rough run today. From the trailhead I parked at, there are 3 different choices of trails and I accidentally picked the most boring route of all. It’s wonderful that Omaha has a lot of trails all over the area, but being Nebraska and all, a lot of them go through cornfields. BO-RING. As soon as I got out of the car I noticed that it was pretty windy and I ran straight into the wind for the first half of my run. Cornfields = no break from the wind. I just kept telling myself that if I pushed this first half, I would practically float back once I turned around and had this wind at my back. The way back was great and I was able to pick up my speed a little.
Here’s another issue – I assumed this trail would be better marked, but it was not. Once I realized there was not going to be a mile marker to tell me to turn around after 3.5 miles I decided to just wing it and turn around after 35 minutes, since 10 minute miles are my slowest pace (I need a Garmin!!). I thought I would be able to figure out the distance once I got home, but the Internet has failed me on this one! I’m pretty positive that I ran over 7 miles and my time was 65 minutes. I’ll go ahead and call 65 minutes my official time, since I don’t have any way to figure out how far I actually ran today. And if I ran extra, it just made me that much stronger, right?!
Thanks for organizing this Amanda, I don’t think I would have ran 7 miles today – especially in that wind- if I didn’t know others were out there doing the same!
I’m also having a pretty fantastic weekend, I’ll report more later!