Hello from the polar vortex, aka Washington DC!
It’s nice and sunny out today, but MAN is it cold out there and the sidewalks are still a mess of snow, too. I walked over to one of my favorite coffee shops this morning to do some work after being cooped up at home all day yesterday, and my face nearly froze off on the 1/2 mile walk here. Brrr…
Matt is back from his travels (he was out of town for work all last week and then gone over the weekend for a guy’s trip), so we were both working from home yesterday and watching the snow fall. I had a run planned for this morning but knew that the snow would likely derail that, so Matt and I decided to get in a run yesterday morning instead, before the worst of the snow set in!
It was really windy and snowy out there but we went early enough in the day that nothing was sticking on the sidewalks yet. It was actually fun – we ended up having a great run, especially given the conditions! There was hardly anyone outside so we felt pretty hardcore, too.
We did one of my favorite 6 mile loops, chatting and enjoying the snowy views of downtown along the way. By the time we headed back up towards Rosslyn, the snow was definitely starting to stick!
I was surprised how great my legs felt yesterday, especially given that I’d just done a 15 mile run on Sunday! Last week for most of my runs my legs felt really tired, but yesterday I had a big spring in my step. I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason I felt great and I rolled with it. Matt inspired me to run more quickly up the hill of death that I usually do, too, so we ended on a high note.
6.14 miles and average pace of 8:48 min/miles, even with the hills. GREAT run!
- Mile 1: 8:44
- Mile 2: 8:41
- Mile 3: 8:56
- Mile 4: 8:29
- Mile 5: 9:11
- Mile 6: 8:56
- 0.14 nubbin pace: 7:29 (!)
I was impressed we kept mile 6 (the big hill) under 9 minute miles!
When we got home, I threw together a simple lunch for us. We were both really hungry when we got back so we each had an unpictured Greek yogurt, too! Pineapple for me, blueberry for him. As for lunch:
I threw together tuna salad sandwiches on little Ezekiel English muffins. To make the tuna salad, I used canned tuna and mixed it with plain Greek yogurt and pesto (the leftover Roasted Almond and Kale Pesto – so yummy). I threw some chopped mushrooms in there too that needed to be eaten, and topped it with some fresh kale. The yogurt + pesto mix was a GREAT combination! We both loved it.
Plus some orange slices on the side.
I hope you all have a great day! Is it freezing where you are, too? Has anyone else ventured out into the frozen tundra for a run?