Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I almost gone blown away to the land of Oz

Let's look at some numbers.

83: That's what the mercury in the thermometer was reading. As in 83 degrees. In Wisconsin. In May. When just a week or two ago it was barely breaking 50. Not that I'm complaining. Because I'll take the warmer temperatures.

30: That's how strong the winds were blowing. Constantly. And occasionally they'd gust into the 40 mile per hour range.

4: That's how many miles I ran, even though it was in the 80s, with no clouds in the sky and at times the wind was blowing so hard I was almost blown off the trail into the marsh.

It felt good though. Luckily I wasn't running into the wind ever, it was a crosswind. But still, it was hard to run through, especially in the parts of the trail that were running along the lake and the wind just came howling across the water. On the plus side, since it was so windy, it was quite choppy on the water, with big waves. So when they would break against the shore, water would splash onto the trail and me, which was kind of refreshing 3 miles into my run.

Time wise, I was pretty happy with the run. The 4 miles took me 46 minutes, 23 seconds. Over the first three miles I held a steady pace of 11 minutes, 15 seconds. Obviously my last mile slowed down a bit, but I like to think that was due to two things. No. 1, have I talked about the wind? No. 2, this is the second 4-mile run I've done in over a year. So I'm still getting used to the distance again. In time I hope to become more comfortable with it so that I don't get as tired during the last mile, I get more comfortable with the distance and I moved on to longer miles.

Afterwards I came home and tried to make a smoothie. I had the strawberries, milk and yogurt, which is what the recipe in my cookbook called for. Yes. I used a recipe for a smoothie, that shows how much of a cook I'm not. But the smoothie? It was kind of bland. Any suggestions on how to make a tasty smoothie? Anyone?


teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the run, given the warm temps and winds!! Wahoo!


One of my favorite concoctions is:
1/2 c. strawberries, 1/2 banana, ice, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup white grape juice, and 1/2 scoop to 1 scoop of whey protein powder. Mmm. The amounts can vary to your liking or size needed! And if you want it smoother, cut out the juice, add more ice, and then some vanilla yogurt!

Jess said...

Nice job getting the 4 miles in with the heat and wind!