This weekend I hit Zorinsky Lake to log some miles. It’s been a little while and I was craving the wind in my face and the burn in my lungs. My time is so limited between my full time, my teaching schedule at the Y and 24 Hour, work travel and a few side projects I have going that it is really hard for me to fit in much more.
So, this weekend, I made it a priority to get some running in. And it was FABULOUS.
Saturday was COLD and so very windy. Windy enough that I walked a .20 stretch before starting my run. There is a tall portion at Zorinsky that has zero tree blockage. I used that stretch as my warm up walk, but, once off that stretch it was go-time.
Most of the trail is blocked by trees so the wind wasn’t too bad. There were definitely spots along the 3.8 path that had some serious cross winds, but I kept a steady-ish pace and kept on pushing, ending with a fairly even pace.
You can tell where the .20 mile stretch of walking was. Right there between the green and red dot. 🙂 Holy wind and burning slow legs. NO need to log that!
I just love running Zorinsky. I’ve neglected it a lot this year, opting for the Papio/Keystone Trails instead. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, but I am definitely going to give a little more love to the lake again in the next few weeks. Winter will be here too soon.
Sunday I headed back out for another run. Apparantly my body loves the 9.16 min per mile pace, because I hit it again. This time I did brave the wind on the top stretch and logged 4.23 miles. The wind wasn’t nearly as bad today – thankfully!
I wore my HRM this time around to keep track of my heart rate and total calories burned. I originally bought the Polar to track the amount of calories I’d burn while exercising. Now I also use it to track my heart rate. Keeping your heart rate up is important, but as a fitness instructor, I use it to make sure I don’t get it too high (don’t think the class wants me passing out) and I also track how long it takes for my heart rate to get back down to the normal range.
From my stats – I’ve got a good healthy ticker that recovers in no time! Check that off the health charts!
Side Note: Monday Motivation
Today is the first day of an online accountability group I am facilitating. I will be holding a lot of conversations on proper nutrition, hosting fitness challenges, providing motivation, sharing success stories, etc. I have a group of 19 INCREDIBLE women involved. Technically, this is Week 0. I use this week to lay ground rules, do some prep work, and get the group ready to rock and roll. This is my 7th group I have facilitated over the course of two years and I am excited to be doing it again. If YOU are interested in joining, it isn’t too late. Message me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9pm!