Our run was at the Big Dry Creek trail in Westminster. Why they call it this I'm not sure. We only really pass by the creek like twice. I think they should rename it, the big, run by a landfill, no tree trail. This trail is a pretty flat and easy one. I did my last 11 miler on it before the Denver 1/2 Marathon in October. I know it oh so well and enjoy it when it's about 45 degrees and slightly overcast with little wind. Well no such luck this weekend. It was a balmy 20 degrees with a steady wind of about 15 mph with wind gusts of about 30-35 mph. Running out with the wind was awesome. I felt like I was flying right through the snow, down the trail with little effort. Then came the turn around. That is when the wind came after me. I'm pretty sure I was basically doing the running man dance when the strong gusts came. If it wasn't already difficult enough running in the snow and ice, the wind made it extremely difficult to stay upright and moving in a forward motion.
We all pressed through the run and amazingly, had smiles on our faces. We were all happy we didn't have a real long run in that crazy wind. I have to say that I am itching for my double digit runs. I know I'm crazy.
Time: 47:33 (I went a little over my time) Distance: 4.65 miles (that's it?) Avg. Pace: 10:14 min/mile
Somehow I managed to maintain my ideal long run pace through the elements. (My goal is to average 9:45-10 min/miles for the marathon, so my long runs should not be any faster than 10:10-10:30 min/miles.) Surprisingly my legs were actually sore. Running through that wind was excellent resistance training. It was definitely like doing hill repeats without the hills. After some stretching and silliness we headed to Starbucks for a quick clinic on cross-training. Must say I love cross-training. I think I'm going to start doing the 30 Day Shred again. After a month of that I can really tell that I've strengthened by upper body and abs. Both excellent for marathon running.