Another Warm Winter Run

Warm winter. The two words contradict eachother. But for this Minnesotan, especially in February, they make for a welcome surprise.

I’ve never been a big fan of treadmills. Don’t get me wrong, I like the off-season opportunities they provide for cardio, but the experience just isn’t the same as actually running. Its really just knowing when and how quickly to lift your feet versus actually propelling yourself to a destination.

This morning I woke up to temperatures already pushing 40°F. I had to check my phone twice to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. It was a great day to lace up the running shoes and hit the pavement. 

Here’s the details:

  • Distance: 2.94 miles
  • Total time: 24:22
  • Average pace: 8:16/mile

I’m thankful to be completing comfortable outdoor runs this early in the year. Last year, I didn’t start running until late April. Looking back through my Nike+ Run Club app, I was at a 9:06/mile average pace on that first run – almost one minute slower than today’s pace. 

Now I’m excited for what this two-month head start on training will bring. It feels good to be ahead of the game.

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