Thursday, March 15, 2012
Salt Flats 100 and Lovin the Spring Weather
I ran this morning WITHOUT gloves for the 2nd day in a row, which is amazing. It isn't really that cold here but I always start my runs at 5:30 in the morning when it is usually very cold. In the afternoons, I stare out my window and wish I was out enjoying the sunshine but that never happens!
Anyway, it was near 50 when I started at 5:30 this morning. I had a sleeveless running shirt and a jacket on with my beanie and I was hot! By the end of the run I had my jacket tied around my waist and generating plenty of heat. It had started to rain but it felt nice.
Today I did an out and back from the Boise Zoo towards Lucky Peak on the greenbelt. As always, I was running into a slight wind to start but it didn't seem to slow me down too much. My goal was 7:30 pace for 5 miles out and an 8:30 pace for the 5 miles back. I nailed the out time and ended up running faster than my goal on the way back. I was happy to have the speed but conscious of the fact that I need to control my speed at Salt Flats.
The Salt Flats 100 course starts with 16 miles of straight and flat, the you make a left turn and go straight and flat until mile 22. So, needless to say, I will need to get pacing under control early so I don't wear myself out. There is a fair bit of climbing so I am hoping to use the hills for a planned walk / run strategy.
I am feeling better every day and looking forward to the challenge.
Posted by Ryan at 4:46 PM