Training log: 10k LSD
Monday, February 03, 2014
Sunday, Feb 2
Sunday's long run started with me looking at my alarm clock at 6:00 (the time I'd need to get up to catch the bus downtown to meet the group at 8:30) and deciding that two more hours of sleep sounded like a much better way to spend my morning. I'm going to have to work on that for next week.
The nice thing about Sunday is that there's no excuse not to run even if I miss the group (although, I'm really going to need the group when we start breaking 20k or the temperature breaks -20). So, once the sun was out, the temperature had risen to a balmy -15, and I'd had a chance to wake up, I hit the road. I haven't run in my new neighbourhood yet, so the plan was to have no real plan. I headed out along the busy road that borders my neighbourhood (not pleasant - too many long waits at the lights) and then crossed over to a park on the side of a steep hill (Signal Hill for the Calgarians). The next hour was spent running back and forth along the hill, climbing stairs along the way, exploring every branching path, and wandering through the residential areas at the top. It wasn't the most exciting run I've ever had (at some point when you're looking down from the top of a great hill and seeing rows of houses and shopping complexes instead of rivers and parks you realize that you're truly in the suburbs), but it's proof that Calgary does have running options wherever you look.
I struggled a bit toward the end. The 10k itself was a good distance and the pace of 7:00 was just about right for a slow run, but I ended up incorporating a lot of hills. I haven't done proper hill training in a while, and my route probably included 5-6 challenging hills along with a whole bunch of stairs.
I'll probably try to stick with the downtown group runs because the routes are just more inspiring, but I'm looking forward to trying this park again once I have a month or two under my belt.
Signal Hill Park: