Well, this weekend I did a 14 mile run in preparation for the Ogden Marathon. I am way ahead of schedule in terms of preparation, but we finally got a break in the weather here and had a nice bright and sunny day with 40 degree temperatures. I loaded up my camelback and a gel and took off. I was dressed in shorts, gloves, sunglasses and a wind breaker which was all I needed.
I wasn't trying for any particular time and was mostly enjoying the scenery. Normally I don't listen to music on my runs, preferring to hear cyclists coming behind me, but I was in the mood to listen to some Tom Leykis. I took my phone along for the trip and captured some photos of the Jordan River Parkway Trail. I started at Gardner Village and went to Taylorsville.
I ran mostly at an 8:45 min / mile pace, but I would stop and take a picture or two. I felt fine throughout the run, although at mile 4.5 or so I slipped on a patch of black ice. It was a spectacular fall. I fell forward and had just enough momentum to launch myself into a snow bank. I certainly didn't want to fall onto the pavement. It was witnessed by some people out for a walk and I think they were shocked to see me dust myself off and continue... Luckily nothing bad happened.
Overall the run was solid. I should've packed more fluids in my Camelbak, but otherwise it was a good run.
This coming Saturday we'll see where my speed is at and I will run the South David Valentine's Day 5K. I haven't run a 5K since last summer. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, but I am feeling fairly confident.
Also, during the run, I was waylaid by some LARPers (Live Action Role Players). Very cool costumes and very friendly people.
Enjoy the photos.