I've been struggling to do anything this week but knew today was the day for my longer easy run. The sun was shining, temperatures had warmed up to near freezing, and I saw there was a November weekend 10k badge on Garmin this weekend. So I accepted the challenge, put on my lighter winter run gear and drove over to the city pathway. I haven't ran 10k since running my HM this summer but knew I was going to keep it slow and easy, focussing in keeping it in HR zone 3 so success was highly possible.
I haven't ran this pathway since the snow hit and the city is still trying to get all the snow cleared so I wasn't sure which winter cleats (if any) I would need today. I threw both in the car and drove around a bit to scope out different areas of the pathway that I would run. It had been cleared but was snowy in most areas with a few bare patches so I put on my yaktrax with the coils and spikes and set off with a Spotify playlist in my ear that was generated for me from my past frequently played songs.
Within the first km, I knew I was overdressed. The jacket got undone and the gloves came off. By 3k, the jacket came off and was tied around my waist. It was a little cool without the jacket initially but I was sweating quite a bit so I figured it was better to take it off sooner rather than later. It was a good decision for I warmed up in no time. I stopped along the way to take some pictures and kept the run nice and easy. There were lots of walkers today and a few dog walkers but no other runners seen. There was a lot of ice under the snow cover so I am glad I wore my winter cleats and was able to keep a fairly steady pace. There wasn't a lot of wildlife today, but I did see 2 black squirrels zooming around a tree and caught a glimpse of a little chickadee heading into a tree. By 7km, I was now running into the wind and I was getting cool so the jacket was put back on. As I curved around the final corner, a good song came on (Wrong side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch) and with the end in sight I had a hard time keeping the pace down so I ended up in Zone 4 for the last little bit.
I finished the run sweaty and happy. 10k November weekend badge obtained, in addition to the Intense 150 badge. Yay. Little milestones but I'll take them at this point. As I keep saying, I'll get back on track. One step, one run at a time.