Last weekend’s time change made it a little easier to get up in the morning for a run. But by the time I get home from work… its pitch black. That’s no fun either. Even with the earlier sunrise I still found a lot of excuses not to run. Talk about temperature contrasts though… geesh. After last week’s race I walked around in a sleeveless shirt but after this week’s race I was looking for more dry layers to put on.
I ran Monday 3.25 miles on my Metrodome loop. It took me a meandering 24:35 to do it, but it was warm and sunny. The temperature was around 50 and it felt pretty good.
I stayed up pretty late Monday night writing a blog post – not a smart idea because I was really tired and slept in Tuesday morning. Plus I had to be at work extra early to make sure our students handled the election without any problems. Everything went smoothly and at 4:30pm when I left they were at 76% voter turnout without counting the absentee ballots.
We stayed out late on Tuesday watching the election returns with friends. And I had another early morning with a meeting on Wednesday. Pretty much everyone there was exhausted – it was a school related meeting and our referendum passed!
Luckily the weather held out for one more day. Thursday I got a nice 4 mile run in on my Park-Downtown loop. It was raining but in the 50’s so it felt really good actually. I ran it in 30:07. I’m glad I got one last run in with pretty nice weather.
I skipped Friday so I would be well rested for Saturday’s race. It snowed though.
Saturday morning was the USATF-MN XC Championships. It was a 10k on a cold (32f) morning. It was snowing when I woke up but the ground was just really soggy. I ran the 10k in 43:09 on a pretty hilly golf course. More on that later though!
Sunday was a nice cold 8 mile run. The temp was around 27 when I left and it was snowing off and on throughout the morning. We met at the Sibley House and ran south along the Minnesota River for a nice, fairly easy hour. The final time was 64 minutes. This was my first time on that trail and it was fairly scenic. I was surprised at how good I felt after the 10k. My toe still hurt a little bit but nothing major.
Running – 21.5 miles
Biking – 22.3 miles