Did a short run yesterday at something of a faster pace than anything I had done in the past week since hurting my rib(s). It felt better, so I planned to get back out for an O' run today, and see how things felt.
Getting ready, I used wretched ink jet printing technology on some crude material I ran through the printer (maybe printing paper?) and then stuffed the ensuing mess in some kind of yucky poly bag. Ugh. I stared at it. Such obsolete, stone age technology. It was almost embarrassing. But then I thought, hey, it's worked pretty well for 4 decades, it will probably be okay today, too. And of course it was quite fine. : )
And so with perfect weather in the afternoon (overcast with many little passing squalls of light rain/ice), I headed out to run 10 kms at Remarkable Flats. Today the goal *really* was to not fall--ha! I ran at a decent pace, though not race pace, and felt pretty good. I could feel the rib when my breathing was heaviest, but it wasn't bad. I was moving pretty well the whole time, though it's obvious I need more hill work after the winter--both running up and down any bigger hills. I felt a little under powered on the climbs, but the positive was that my recovery once I topped out on the climbs was very quick--so I think my base fitness at this point is decent.
The first squall didn't go through until I was already well warmed up, and it was just some light rain, and passed quickly. The next squall was also light rain, but this time it felt like some bits of ice were mixed in. All the subsequent squalls were ice/sleet and no rain. Despite that, I remained comfortable for the whole run, even with some breeze out there. There was still a fair bit of snow dappling the ground from last Thursday/Friday, but nowhere was it more than a few inches deep. And things weren't dry anymore--there was a nice spongy feel to the ground nearly everywhere.
I was completely by myself the whole time. I didn't see so much as a bird!
Back home, it rained some in the evening, and then switched to snow.