8 Miles and Links
After a breakfast of oatmeal topped with blueberries, honey, almonds, coconut butter and molasses, I started yesterday's run. It was a little chilly here in SE Texas so I pulled my long sleeves down over my hands as I walked to the park.
At the park, I started running very slowly to continue my warm-up. After two miles, I picked up the pace and thought that mile was a 10 minute mile until I got home and uploaded the info to see that it was a 9:35 mile. I ran the next two miles at a 9:14 and then a 9:01 minute per mile pace. My last hard mile was at 8:35. I don't see numbers like that very often so I was happy. I finished with two cool-down miles. That's eight miles total.
During the cool-down, I stopped at home to pick up Zoe, my dog. We stopped at the park exercise equipment after the run where I exercised for a few minutes. At home, I made a mug of minty hot chocolate to warm me up because, you know, 50 degrees, brrr!
How to Develop Situational Awareness
Runners, are you aware of your surroundings when you're running? Sometimes I become lost in my thoughts, my music or my audio book and I have to remind myself to look around. The post I've linked to in the title will help you to become more aware of what is going on around you and give you ideas for an action plan in case something goes wrong. Here's an experiment I've tried... When you see another person who is doing laps like you, ask yourself what the person is wearing. When you see the person a second time, check yourself to test your accuracy.
When You Really Want Dessert...
Just go ahead and eat dessert, but eat fewer calories of your regular meal so that you don't end up eating too much that day. Today, I ate a small "burrito bowl" because I knew I'd want pumpkin pie afterwards. You could even try the experiment that Nancy Clark, RD, suggests and eat dessert instead of a regular meal. You'll probably find out that you don't feel great after eating only dessert for a meal and will pass on that idea the next time you think of it. It's something you might even want to let your kids try.
Have a great week!