Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Great Outdoors

It turns out Kristin took some pictures of the Snow on Saturday. This picture was taken less than 24 hours after the storm started. The precipitation had slowed down and I was out snow blowing. At this point there was almost a foot on the ground.

It was rather warm today. I think it was in the mid-40s. You can see the grass now in spots. I think the rest of the snow will be largely melted by the end of the weekend.

Kristin went to the gym today and ran two miles. I took advantage of the relative warmth and ran outside this evening. I ran 2.3 miles in about 19 mintes. So pace was about 7.25 mph. This is faster than I run on the treadmill, which doesn't surprise me. I am never comfortable on it and it makes the time just drag on. It felt great being outside. It is so much better than the machine. At this point I don't notice any extra strain on my body, which a lot of people report when they switch from the treadmill to the road. I guess we'll see how I feel tomorrow.

I actually thought I had run about three miles today when I stopped (if I had checked the time right away, I would have known better). We mapped out a nice three mile course through the neighborhood last summer. Two one-third-mile legs of it are on a busy road, and when I got to that leg today, it turned out no one had shoveled the sidewalks. They were still rather snowy, and I didn't feel like being on the street with lots of cars. So I altered the path. After I got home and realized that I hadn't gone as far as I had hoped it suddenly hit me that our three mile course was really a two-mile course followed by a one-mile course. It was the two-mile course that I had set out on today. I guess I'll remember for next time.

Check out the site It is great for mapping distances on outdoor runs. You draw your path on a Google map and it gives you the mileage. There are all sorts of other training tools on the site.


Donald13.1 said...

Yikes! That's deeper than I have seen here this year.

Rae! said...

Wow !!! What a picture.