I had only slept a few hours when it was time for our Running Room meetup and long run for the week. I got up at around 7:15AM on a cold Sunday morning. It was cloudy and the temperature outside was about 3C. It was frigging cold. I ate some breakfast (yogurt, granola, grapes, strong tea), talked with my wife (in Taiwan), and left at about 8:20AM with my roommate for the 8:30AM meetup. We had a choice between 11.8 km or 16.3 km. We chose the 11.8, since we had ran to the store and would be running back. Initially, the run felt so good that I almost went for the 16.3. In the end, I’m glad I didn’t. Then again, maybe I should have. I know I’d be capable. In total, that would have been 18.3 km, close to 20 km.
In total, it took us about 1:09:49 to complete this run. That’s pretty cool, because this summer, it took me over 2:15 to complete 15 km. I was also running with about 15 other people. It was an interesting experience. I was slow compared to last week since I hadn’t run that much because of my cold. But it felt good and I met some interesting people.
The air was frigid in my lungs and I needed to use my inhaler twice. I also had some cramps, but nothing that didn’t dissipate quickly. During the first half, I was in the leader’s pack. During the last part, I was bringing up the rear. A hill midway totally killed my momentum. I wasn’t too far back though, only about 30 seconds. Still it showed me that taking almost a week off training had had an impact.
The runners were mostly male of all ages. A few women were there. Half of the people assembled did the 16.3 km. Honestly, I didn’t like the terrain. We were running on sidewalks, always going up and down, and streets. I prefer running on the Plaines D’Abraham, where you don’t have to worry about cars, intersections and other distractions.
The pace we maintained was 5 min to each km, which is good. Speed was about 12kph, which is faster than my other runs. No wonder I felt it! Still, I’m pretty happy with my time, even if I brought up the rear during part of the run. It’s still challenging to keep up with the leaders, which is what I plan on doing next time.
We also ran the last km back home. We went really slow, so it was relaxing. I had some Gatorade, ate a banana, and took a shower. After that, I contrast showered my legs and bandaged them up nice and tight. I’ll probably take a nap. Still, it’s a good way to begin the day.
I’ve come to realize that I need to start piling up the miles, everyday, even if it’s only 5 km. I need to get used to the constant effort that it necessitates. 5 km is a lot shorter than 9.2 km and it would take me less than a half an hour to complete.