This is an easy training week (3, 4, 3, 4 miles) so I had to make the change to outside running. No more excuses. After eating a stack of Oreos (the breakfast of champions) I went to Lincoln Park's Council Point Park for a transition to outside running. I love the continuity of lap running and they have three different tracks: .4 miles, .55 miles and .75 miles. The surface is blacktop so I had the comfort of doing laps combined with the surface training I need.
I thought I would go slower without the constant time feedback but I actually went slightly quicker (I shaved off 31 seconds from my normal 3 mile pace). It was windy and I always seemed to be running into the wind. I also always seemed to be continually running uphill. Why did I never go downhill? Ah well, I need to learn a little about running hills for crossing the Ambassador Bridge (the coolest part of the marathon) and the tunnel (the worst).
My knees felt fine, my right hip is occasionally sore but that was fine today too. My breathing was fine. All in all it was a pretty smooth transition. Let's hope it's always this easy!
It was 75, sunny and a moderate breeze. Can I bottle this weather? If it's always this nice I can't complain too much!