33 degrees and sleeting with a 19 mph wind out the west.  Ahhhh, the Midwest in February.  I took the day off of work and was heading out for workout 1 of week 5 in our training program.  After 2 or 3 days of temperatures above freezing most of the snow had melted but a light dusting occurred this morning.  The sidewalks were passable but slushy.  Occasionally I would have to run on the road for a block or two.  Today I am supposed to do 3, 2 mile intervals at marathon pace (MP).  My projected MP is between 08:00 and 08:30.  Since I had a 19 mph tailwind to start I decided to go faster than my MP because I wasn’t sure I would be able to maintain that pace on the way home with the wind and hills.  I kept my pace fast enough to hurt but sustainable enough for 2 miles.  I was nice and cozy on the way out.  Once I hit the turnaround my face and chest quickly got cold and the wind really slowed me down.  However, I was able to maintain just below 08:00 for the last 2 intervals to end the whole run with almost 7 miles at an average pace of 07:43.  It felt good to get some cover from the wind once I hit my subdivision and knowing that I exceeded my expectations for today’s run.  A sense of accomplish in this nasty weather.  I hope it will be worth it April for the St. Louis Marathon.

On a side note, I was listening to my iPod during the run.  I tuned in for a Podcast from The Competitors Radio Show.   They were interviewing Jim Lampley who is the reporter that first covered the Ironman for ABC Sports.  Apparently he is an endurance sport aficionado and has a lot of experience and history with endurance sports.  He is one of the major reasons endurance sports like the Tour de France, the Ironman, Olympic coverage, etc. have become so popular in our culture.  It was a very interesting interview with lots of historical perspective.  A must listen to Podcast.  His description from 1982’s Ironman when Julie Moss (?) lost bowel/bladder control as she stumbled across the finish line and Joan Benoit-Samulson’s (?) victory in the first ever Olympic female marathon was gripping.  The audio kept my mind off the pain during the run.