Listening to myself

Distance: 10.5 mi

Miles to go: 1270

One and a half thumbs up for my new tights.  They were warm and comfortable.  The only thing I don’t like is that one of the ankle zippers won’t stay zipped.  Gotta figure out something for that.  Otherwise I’m happy.  It was cold but I definitely could tell the difference and they wicked the moisture away well.  Gotta love a product that works as advertised.

I went out today determined to run “within my breathing”.  What I mean is, not to pay attention to splits, etc., but just run.  The way I guaged how I was doing was to listen to my own breathing.  In essence, if I could hear it, I was going too fast.  But if I could feel it I was just right.  I didn’t want to run fast, just comfortable.  And wouldn’t you know it, this worked!  I ran a very comfortable 8:30 pace and felt like I could have gone a bit farther at the end.  This week will be full of silly runs but our regular Thursday group run will be a Thanksgiving gift.  We will go out for 45 min and then come back but we start and end at a bakery that is supposed to have insanely good cinnamon rolls…!  Now THAT is a reward!  I already can’t wait.

Next Saturday we are talking about running the local half marathon route.  I am thinking about doing this run as a gift to myself for my birthday.  It will be the longest run I have done all year and I really think it would be great to do it as a positive finish to a rotten year.  Long range weather forecasts are predicting rain but I’m hoping I get lucky.  It would really be nice to know I can still run this far going into next year.

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