Spring 2023 arrived this week, and not a moment too soon.
After the previous week's winter grand finale antics, this week's milder weather, increased sunshine and much more desirable temps were welcomed with open arms.
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Anyways, here's what went down during the first week of Spring '23:
As promised, the afternoon was beautiful, so I got in a 1-mile walk at work. Later, I headed out for my final Pi run and ran into Allison, so she joined me for the final two miles. Afterwards, I got in two additional miles of walking.
After work, Barb and I met for a #5at5PM (five miles at 5:00PM). It had been awhile, but this run had been a long time coming. Hopefully, as the temps continue to warm up, and the daylight increases, we'll be resuming our regular early morning 5-milers.
As the day wore on, the forecast was showing possible snow for Saturday morning. I had been contemplating a 15K run. Not only was this an optimal "long-but-not-too-long" distance (for the last "long" run before the Cherry Blossom), but there also was a Garmin badge up for grabs. All things considered, I'd much rather run those 9.3 miles in the late afternoon sunshine (and on dry streets) than on potentially messy streets in much colder temps. So, I made a command decision to just get it done. So I did. Even in the pleasant mid-50F temps, the wind was rather beastly at times, but it wasn't anything I wasn't used to, LOL. Despite the spontaneity, these 9.33 miles really felt good! I thought I was holding back on my pace, but the intermittent tailwind intervened (I guess?), so I was really surprised to see a 10:06 average pace when I finished. Needless to say, this gave me a huge boost of confidence as I taper-back, this next week, in prepping for next weekend's Cherry Blossom.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. As mentioned, Friday was a beautiful, sunny spring day...and who doesn't love that? Or random polka dots? With ruffled sleeves? And a punch-of-color cardi?
While I have seen a few robins in the past 10 days or so, it wasn't until this week that I was finally able to capture a picture of one of them.
This week also saw the emergence of my daffodils and tulips. I love how green they look!
So, YES! It does feel like SpRiNg has sPrUnG! Although summer is my favorite season, I cannot deny the joy it brings me in seeing spring arrive.
Does it look and feel like spring has officially arrived in your area? Any fun workouts this past week? Weekend racing? Ever done a spontaneous long run a day early?