Running song of the day is “Zero” by Smashing Pumpkins!
Distance: 5.5 miles
Average mile pace: 7:00 minutes
Weather: 27 degrees, clear skies
Wind: 9 mph NNW
Yesterday was my first day running since the snow fall. It didn’t intimidate me though. Running in the snow is only cold for the first mile or so and then your body adjusts to the temperature and it’s just like running in any other weather. Of course I was dressed accordingly for the weather. I got the chance to try on my new running pants that were an early christmas gift from my parents. They were perfect; Light weight and comfortable for running, and kept my legs warm. However the most important part of the body to keep warm is the hear. So I wore a hooded sweatshirt, with the hood up over my head to keep warm air from escaping.
I couldn’t run my usual running route on the Allegany River Trail due to all the snow, so I decided to run through the maze known as the residential area of Allegany, NY. Once I got into the area I wanted to explore but every time i went onto a side street it would turn into a dead end. I constantly would have to retrace my steps because they were dead ends and they were hardly ever marked. However, I was very impressed with the street and sidewalk conditions. After all the snow, the streets and sidewalks were well shoveled and plowed. I didn’t slip once on any snow or ice. So I thank the village of Allegany and the residents for providing for excellent running conditions.
My run overall was a pretty good one. It was a nice and relaxing run. I didn’t really push myself too hard so I’m proud that I was able to run 7 minute miles without really putting in much effort. Once my body got use to the cold weather my body was loose and my strides were well extended. The only real challenge of the run was running up the hill on Maple Avenue. It was pretty steep and was a great calf workout, also an excellent hill for sledding. After that it was a nice comfortable run the rest of the way home.
5 months 3 weeks until the Buffalo Marathon
I ran on a treadmill yesterday. It was awful. I hated every minute of it. I don’t know how people do it. Treadmills are boring to run on, they’re noisy, and you don’t go anywhere. Running in one place is not running. What i like about running is that you get to see the world around you. I use to spend so much time driving everywhere that i never really got to just look around me and see the setting I’m in. Also gyms are the worst. The air is thick and hot, hard to breath and it makes me sweat like twice as much as being outside so I look ridiculous.
Running out in nature is so much more pleasant and exciting. you’re not around a bunch of people, you get to breath fresh air, and you can push yourself. Treadmills set a pace, distance, time for you to reach which is great and all but it’s much easier to push yourself when you know where the finish line is. When you’re outside you never know what could happen. Sometimes i have to avoid a squirrel that jumps out in front of me, or I see deer run wild as i approach them. In town, you get to dodge cars and see businesses, streets, houses, and explore the world that you normally wouldn’t see.
If it wasn’t for the snow making the streets slushy and icy i would of never ran on the treadmill but I did. I ran a 7 minutes mile, then stretched, a 6:30 mil,e then stretched, a 6:15 mile, then stretched, and finally another 6:15 mile. After that I worked out mostly my upper body. Then I ran a home, which was the best part of my workout.
5 months 3 weeks 3 days till the buffalo marathon