Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Extreme Pittsburgh Weather

When I say "extreme" Pittsburgh weather, I'm not referring to hurricanes or 20 feet of snow.  I'm referring to the fact that Mother Nature never seems to be certain what season it is around here.  I have lived in many places and this is the ONLY place where you can literally go from shorts to a snowsuit in about 36 hours.  It's freaking strange.  Even the meteorologists around here seem confuzzled by it.  Before bedtime, they'll be predicting 3 inches of snow overnight, but once sunrise comes along, it's a clear mild day...  Gotta be prepared for anything around here, which is why I seem to have (and constantly NEED) a ton of running gear.

My long run on Monday went GREAT!  It was pouring rain, but nothing was going to stop me from getting out there.  I kept my pace slower than I usually do and just tried to relax.  I kept waiting to be in pain, but it never came.  Right around mile 4, I felt the slightest twinge in my leg, right around my knee, but it went away in a second and didn't return, so I did not feel the need to stop.  When that happened I glanced at my pace and noticed that I was really on the edge of "fast" for the pace I was supposed to be running, so I slowed it down more.  I finished strong and was just so happy.  The trail was super muddy so I was splashing in puddle after puddle and ended up covered in mud.  Oh well, I had a blast.  Here I am after coming home:

Playing in the rain makes me happy!

Mile 1:  10:03
Mile 2:  10:13
Mile 3:  10:03
Mile 4:  9:53
Mile 5:  9:53
Mile 6:  9:34 (this one was a wee bit fast)
Mile 7:  9:48
Overall: 7.07 miles in 1:10:11.  Average pace:  9:56.  Yay me!
Today was a 3 mile easy run.  Yesterday's rainy run was in the 50s, and today's windy run was in the 30s.  I'm telling you, this place is crazy.  Anyway, my legs felt a bit like lead and my left/problem leg was extremely tight.  Not painful at all, mind you, just very very tight.  I got through the run, but it wasn't the most fun.  Instead of taking the muddy trail again, I ran around the stadiums and casino area.  I came home, did my standard 10+ minute stretching routine, planked, did my IT Band Strengthening workout, iced, and foam rolled.  I feel ok now, but now I have that "I just foam rolled tight legs" bruised feeling.  Sigh.
Mile 1:  9:56
Mile 2:  10:02
Mile 3:  9:17 (I tried not to push it too hard.  I failed.  Not as bad as it could've been though.)
Overall:  3.06 miles in 29:55.  Average pace: 9:45.  See, it all worked out in the end!  ;)  I'm proud of myself for going slow these last couple of days.  I'm doing to do my best to stick with this plan.  I'm not achieving negative splits, but I'm sure they will come around again.
Oh, you see the black ensemble that I was wearing in yesterday's run?  I had black capris on too, and my husband complained that he didn't feel I was visible enough outside.  So, here's what I threw together for today:
Better now, honey?
Pic came out a bit yellowy... I'm a terrible photographer (and I honestly don't care - I'm a little tired of the snooty camera culture happening right now), but yes that's a hot pink shirt under a chartreuse pullover with a zebra print headband.  Just keepin' it real.
Well, now that I've posted 2 pictures of myself in one post I'm feeling a tad narcissistic.  I typically hate having my pic taken, trust me...
Anyway, tomorrow is a gym day for me.  I'm planning on working out on the bike for 30 mins and then doing the weights circuit.  Lots of stretching, rolling, and planking as well.
Until next time - God Bless!

1 comment:

  1. Honestly, I'm elated to see you in neons. Not just because I have a sentimental attachment to the colors of my childhood and wish the world looked like it was doodled on with a highlighter at times... But because the idiots on the road that are aiming for you will have a chance to see you before they commit to hitting you and saying "oops".

    I don't want to lose my best half to "ooops.... didn't see her until it was too late."

    Neons for life! (maybe literally...)