Oh how the tubby has swollen…
Okay, it wasn’t that bad. But this was my worst time this year… as you may imagine, given I haven’t been doing much (read: any) running lately. So I have to use this as a spring board to get back to it (and you know, actually get back to it this time instead of just saying that and then not doing it). The Run to the Shrine is coming up soon!
Last night a partially-frozen mist was falling from the sky over Colorado Springs, and I woke this morning to a foggy view out my window. My heart wasn’t really in today’s Nielson Challenge beforehand; but I enjoyed it more than I expected.
My daughter has a solo and ensemble competition this morning, so I’m off to that.
It was pretty cold this morning, which isn’t a big surprise given it’s February in the Mountains. I sort of lost momentum this past week, and my legs were sore; and I really had no idea how I was going to do today.
As it turns out, I did okay. Another Nielson in the books.
10:31 avg. pace
The first Nielson Challenge of this year. It was cold, as might be expected; and it seemed like such a long time since December’s.
This Nielson Challenge kicks off my running schedule for 2019. I’ve been lazy too long, I think: I definitely felt it this morning. And my pacing problem plagues me still… I started out too quickly, as is my wont.
Bring on the new year!
10:36 avg. pace
And year review.
It was cold today, on the first of December for the final Nielson Challenge of 2018. It wasn’t too bad when I left my place, but down at the park it was chilly. Fortunately, the sun came out and tried to warm up the race.
I set out pretty quickly, and then started doubting myself a little bit. I’ve mentioned before that I think I start too fast. But I tried to keep my pace steady, and I banged in a decent time: It’s my third sub-20 in a row. Go me.
This year, I’ve spent 4:09:43.43 (h:m:s.hh) running Nielson Challenges. Last year’s total was 4:16:06.2 (h:m:s.hh)… so there’s been an overall improvement I can point to.
9:51 avg. pace
It’s that time of year: take my jacket? Run with gloves? Do I need my hat? Shorts or pants? Oh, the first world problems we have, right?
I set out at a pretty quick pace (for me), and tried to keep that up; but it’s difficult to run in the cold. I finished with a sub-20-minute run time (just), so I’m pleased with it. It’s the second month in a row that I’ve been under 20 minutes.
9:40 avg pace (<- ! whoa!)
Today marks two years since I started running. Sort of — I count the first Nielson Challenge I did as the point where I “started running”. October of 2016. My time that day was 22:35.266. So far, the slowest I’ve ever done it was in January of 2017; that time was 25:37.775. The fastest time I’ve put in was last Octobers: 18:58.89
Today’s run was cold when the breeze was going; and it looks like the sun is making an effort to come out. Today’s run was awesome, I kept up a sub-10-minute pace for both miles of the course.
I’ll update the post with my official results for today once they’re posted.
Today’s Stats (TomTom):
9:45 avg. pace
Today’s Stats (official):