Spring has sprung and so has my outside running

by lachicaruns on

This morning’s five-miler through my neighborhood was fantabulous. I just had to get my butt back out the door after walking 3.5 miles with one of my favorite people earlier in the morning.

I dressed in layers (long-sleeve tech T, hoodie, jacket, windbreaker), long, winter tights, a hat and gloves. I eventually took off my windbreaker, but at 40 degrees with a very strong wind, I was grateful that I had decided to look like the Michelin man. Brrr…

Unlike a few nights ago when I didn’t hit my stride until two miles into my run, I felt very comfortable at my typical 12-minute mile pace right off.

I was grateful to have my fanny pack high-tech hydration belt, which I typically only wear when I know I’m going longer than four miles. I love being able to stick my iPhone in one of the water-bottle holders, plus easily being able to reach fuel (I didn’t really need any, but want to get my body used to it again) and tissues.

I reached the half-way point with nary a problem, took a moment to readjust and headed back the same way toward home. Three miles, then four went by. And then…I started to look at my watch. What do you mean, it’s only been .1 miles?

I really wasn’t struggling per se, but it was at that point that I started thinking about adding a different (read: more-interesting) route and a friend or five next time. Oh, yeah, this is the reason why I enjoy running with my friends so much. What was I thinking?

Well, I did finish my run and felt great both during and after. It’s encouraging to think that I may be able to run longer distances again. We’ll see how I feel in the next few days.

I planned a nap for after lunch, but have instead been spending some time online researching running skirts, of all things. A running friend suggests Skirt Sports and it may just be time to give them a try. If I do, I will definitely tell you all about it.

How long is your long run these days? How long does your run have to be before you bring a belt and/or water? Ever run in a skirt?



Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

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