Wk41 – 6.5M Nithsdale

Quote of the day:

“The best part of a run? The birds chirping, the awesome air, and the fact that a lot of people are still sleeping. 
The worst? The first couple of steps.  Just getting the creaks out.” 
Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medalist in swimming and US TV commentator.

The birds were chirping this morning when I was out, and it seemed that a lot of people were still sleeping (although there were a few runners out – good on em!)  😀 

Tuesday morning before work I decided I’d do my old trusty 6.4 mile route around Nithsdale Road.  I used to do it a lot and it’s like an old friend now.  I know every twist and turn and where every puddle is going to be so that no unexpected surprises turn up. 

At one point about 5 miles in I turned left up Albert Drive without even thinking about it.  Sweet.  🙂

It is a thought getting up and out at that time in the morning, but once you’re up, dressed, and across the front door, it’s fine.  I started my run just after 6:40am.

It was pretty chilly this morning – 7’C and I decided it was time to bring out the long running tights.  My grey nike ones, which are unfortunately too big for me now… arg.  I’ve gone down a hip size in the last year so they were decidedly baggy around the hips/bum area. I can’t decide if I want to go and buy a new pair or wait and see if Santa wants to get me a pair… mmmmm.  Luckily it wasn’t raining much (apart from a few spits about 3 miles in), and since I was wrapped up pretty well, I didn’t notice it much.  my gore cap did a brilliant job.

It turned out I could have probably done with 3/4s or shorts as my legs were pretty warm, so I might just invest in another pair of 3/4 tights for just now.

I also wore my new pink nike compression top, which kept my upper half nice and warm and my new black gore hat which was good.  I did a first today and wore a head torch on my head/cap.  Although I might have looked like a bit of a plonker (?!) it was dark the whole way round (with streetlights)… and it was good to have the light to be seen and to see in the dark bits where my feet were about to land.  🙂

I got back just after half 7, nice and refreshed with the sun coming up.  🙂  A good start to the day, with a wee negative split thrown in ( 8:22, 8:40, 8:27, 8:22, 8:02, 8:12, 7:21).

I was thinking about going for a swim tonight, but I think I’ll have a wee night off instead. 😀

Run: 6.5M, 53:48, Pace: 8:15, Calories: 496
Ave HR: 152 (80%) Max HR: 162 (85%), Garmin Training Effect: 3.7

When I got home I was looking on my Garmin Connect account and noticed I did the same run this time last year (almost to the day!)… see the comparison here.

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