After waking up Thursday morning and being incredibly sore from my workout the previous day, I knew that my scheduled tempo run just was not going to go well. I decided in the morning that i would switch my Friday and Thursday runs, and just complete my tempo after school got out on Friday afternoon. I would have enough time to complete it outside in daylight, something that is very important to me.
Since it snowed on Thursday night, I knew running the path that I normally run would not be best because of the snow. I decided to head to a garden/arboretum to get my miles in for the day. I have run there before, and knew that it incredibly hilly. Rarely do you get to run on flat pavement. But, I thought it would be a good challenge.
I started running, with the goal of having all miles be sub-8:00 pace. I thought this was achievable, even in the windy conditions. The first mile of my run as directly up hill, and a little bit of doubt crept in my mind if this was going to be a quality tempo run. But, just as I thought, my favorite song came on my iPod which provided some great distraction.
Before I knew it, I completed the bigger loop (a little over 4 miles) and was on to conquer the loop for a second time. The run was very picturesque, with all of the trees covered in snow. It was so peaceful and I was the only runner that I saw. There were a few cars, but those were few and far between.
In the end, I completed 9 miles at a 7:48 average. Of course, some miles were faster than others, but all were under 8:00 pace. I got done, and then realized that my knee was in such pain. I hobbled to the gym to do some stretching and biking to try to make it feel better, although that didn't work out too well. Today it feels a little better, but still sore. I thought I was over my knee problems earlier in the week, but they have decided to return and are very unwelcome.
I am happy I switched my days and did my tempo on Friday. It was so peaceful and beautiful running through the snow-covered trees. But hopefully that is the last snow of winter.