Daily Run: Fingers Firmly CrossedNovember 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Daily Run | 11 Comments
Time of Day: 5:55 AM
Weather: Colder. Nothing unbearable.
Duration: 61 minutes
Estimated Distance (based on assumed pace of 7:40/mile): 7.95 miles
Notes: Today marked the second good run in a row–something that has not occurred in weeks. True to my promise to Crazy Jess, I allowed myself to run a little longer. Also, I think my speed is beginning to creep back, and when I left my office to take a walk-break outside, I could feel the pleasant ache in my legs that accompanies a job well done.
And so I’m awfully happy that I got out of bed, something that these colder mornings are making more and more difficult. I did not want to get out of bed when the alarm went off, much less leave the house and run in the cold. Granted, I live in Texas and the highs still reach the mid-70s, but this morning was 39* and I am no longer used to low temperatures. I turn up the heat before I leave. A warm house upon returning is my small, indulgent reward for getting up and running in the cold.
In actuality, my reward was the run itself. I felt fast and pain-free, and the cold only bothered me for 10 minutes. In fact, midway through my run I noticed the beginnings of a pink sunrise on my right and a deer sprinting across a field on my left. Two lovely moments of nature accompanying the beauty of my second good run in a row made me wonder why I was the only person out on the trail at 6:30 AM on a crisp November morning.
I don’t want to tempt fate, so I will be on the elliptical tomorrow morning resting my feet before this weekend’s 20-miler. I hope it storms like none other tomorrow morning, but it won’t. At least I got In Style in the mail this week.
In news, I’ve been wearing the Asics Gel-Nimbus 10, but I don’t like them nearly as much as I liked the 9s and I fear that they’ve been causing the foot problems. I found the 9s on Sierra Trading Post yesterday and ordered them. A good price too! The plan is to break them in with a few shorter runs and then wear them for the marathon. I’ll continue to wear my 10s as well because I’m cheap like that.