The cold is, indeed, a bit too much for me, so back inside to the treadmill for a more focused workout.
Time: 51 minutes
Distance: 6 miles
Since I complained yesterday about the tedious nature of unstructured treadmill workouts, today was a day for more structure. And, since it's Tuesday...that means a bit o' the speedwork.
Set the 'mill on one percent grade, warmed up for a mile at 8:27 and did 3x1 mile at 5:42 pace with 400 meter recovery jogs at 10:20 pace. Just as I was finishing, jP appeared having finished goofing at the pool. So, I finished the run at an easy pace for another 1.5 miles or so to get me to six miles as a cooldown. Fled to the hottub with jP to round out the gym time (after I was informed that jP was two months too young to be in the workout area...sigh).
All the mile repeats were challenging, but never in doubt. I was pleasantly surprised since I haven't done any speedwork for months. Felt good to sweat, especially knowing the temps outside read -14 on the car thermometer. Interested to see how the heel feels tonight/tomorrow. Now -- two hours later -- it feels fine.
School cancelled again tomorrow. The reason: school district doesn't want kids standing in the cold waiting for buses; and the buses aren't working well in the cold. My response: Don't buses work fine in Minnesota and North Dakota? How about just doing a late start? Parents could take their kids to school themselves and still get to work. So, instead of kids being inside at school while it's too cold to play outside, they will have to sit inside in late May and early June (to make up for the "snow" days) when the weather is great and they should be outside! I'm sure it's always a tough call for the school district folks. If only the whole world followed JeffCo's lead...we'd all have been off for two days!