It was very good - not actually blissful, in fact a bit of a slog (I was cold and slightly underfueled), but really very enjoyable throughout.
I slightly miscalculated my course - I wanted to do ten miles, but realized that the way I'd sorted things out I was going to be doing more like 12 if I really ran all the way home. As the Antarctic simulation had become increasingly realistic by that point, I decided to listen to the voice of reason and take the subway home from 86th St.!
Good hills, good steady slow pace (maybe 1:48 for 10 miles?), slightly chilly legs (those tights were fine in Philadelphia, but I was running rather faster there - and now that I think about it, I had the RaceReady shorts over 'em, too - either I need to layer, or I should get a warmer pair).
Today it was actually quite snowy and in the mid-20s, but there wasn't anything much accumulating underfoot, so I resisted the temptation to break out the YakTrax, which have arrived and are tantalizing me in their wintry glory...
My new running jacket is utterly glorious! I had much pondering in the Patagonia store the other day deciding how best to spend my gift card on an outer layer suited to Antarctic running, and I chose this. It is my new favorite item of clothing!
The crazy thing is that I am only ten weeks out from a marathon!
Happy New Year!