I reached a new running milestone yesterday: I ran all the way to Hutten.
Now, I will say that Hutten is a mere mile and a half from my current neighborhood, but this was still my first time running there. I usually run from my house down the road to a bench 1.25 miles away. Then I’ll turn around and head back home. If I want more miles, I run it again or I run the (shorter) road in the other direction.
So this run was actually only 3 miles total, but it was still a cool feeling running all the way to another town. Can’t say I’ve ever done that before. Geronimo ran the whole way with me, earning him a new GDR! (His previous max distance in Germany was 2.5 miles. He blew that out of the water!)
- 3 mile run time: 28:37
- Average pace: 9:32 per mile
Stephen had a PT test, so it inspired me to run a little faster. I’ve been averaging more like 10:00, 10:30, or even 11:00 minute miles on most of my German runs. My lungs felt great, my legs felt great, and it was a nice run.
My only complaint was that halfway through, I got too hot. (I think it heats up more quickly here than I’m used to. In Texas it’s just hot as balls all day. Here it starts out freezing, quickly becomes chilly, and it pleasant in a matter of hours.)
I had worn pants, a long sleeved shirt, and a short sleeved shirt on this run. At the halfway point I decided to ditch the long sleeved shirt and strung it through my SPIbelt.
I know that some runners can just tuck a discarded shirt into their pants or tie it around their waist, but I am incapable of doing that. I always end up tying and re-tying, and re-tying my shirt when I do that. I’d highly recommend this method! I knew my shirt wasn’t going anywhere since the SPIbelt went through both sleeves and the middle. I could focus on my run and ignore my shirt. Boom again.
How do you handle discarded clothing items on a run? Is there anything more annoying when running than having to carry more stuff?*