Yep, I don't care what the calender or the weather says.. road construction has started here in Kansas and that means SPRING! And it seems as if the weather is slowly catching up, we have had some snow in the forecast, but it hasn't appeared.. thank dog!
Monday night I did my first night run, one of the Trail Nerds, Caleb, has been leading beginner night trail runs on Mondays. Unfortunately this week the trails were closed so it was an evening road run instead with one short loop on a jeep road. I bought a flashlight to run with thinking that a headlamp would bug me too much, but I think I'm going to go back and get one. I move my arms too much when I run and I was starting to get seasick from my flashlight motion. Running at night was really cool, but my legs feel so crappy when I run after work so I think I'll have to keep the night runs to a minimum....either that or get a job where I don't stand on my feet for 8 hours a day. We did about 4.5 miles and I just could not find my rhythm, we started out pretty fast (for me) and I just couldn't ever settle in, but I'm glad I went and I'll go again. Next week, I'll try and sit more at work and skip the Pilates in the morning and see if that helps.
Tuesdays run was nothing special, just 3 miles up on Strawberry Hill, but my shins didn't bother me at all! I bought another pair of shoes that seem to be my ruby slippers. I swear I tried on every pair of shoes at the store and ended up with a lightweight tri-trainer. It was the only pair of shoes that felt like a slipper and didn't have some huge built up heel. Ran in them again this morning, 6 miles, and my shins still felt great.. go fucking figure... the $50 shoe feels great and all the $100 shoes are crap for me. If only I had figured it out a few hundred dollars ago. My run felt great, felt really fast and easy this morning, I hope to hold that through the race this weekend. Took the big dog out for a mile trot when I got back from my run and, as usual caused a bit of a ruckus. I need to get a picture of the two of us running it probably looks pretty damn amusing. Short little me and big huge dog.