Friday, November 1, 2013

The Wind and the Miles

I had planned to get this 6 mile run out of the way yesterday, but I never got around to it. This morning, I made myself put on my running clothes before class and get my miles in early. I'm still trying to get used to my new running shoes, but for the first time today I didn't spend half my run comparing them to my usual Brooks. I'm still not fangirling over the feel of the gel in the soles while I run, but they are doing their job and that's all that really matters. Here are my splits:

As I ran, I felt like I was working at least as hard as I normally do on my runs, but for some reason I didn't burn as many calories as usual. When I saw these splits I thought the problem might be miles 3 and 5 since they were so slow. Maybe I really did burn fewer calories on this run than usual, but I'm going to pay close attention to the calorie information I get during my next few runs. If it seems like I'm burning fewer calories than I think I should be burning, I'll try changing the battery in my heart rate monitor. My watch has a rechargeable battery that you plug into the wall, but I think the HRM strap has a watch battery in it.  I've had my Garmin for about a year and I've never changed the HRM battery. It might be time.

It got insanely windy last night. The wind was almost strong enough to push me backwards on the sidewalk. This morning, the sidewalks were practically hazardous with slippery leaves, stray branches, and pine cones. I wasn't at all surprised when I saw the huge broken tree branch above along my route. It came off a tree that's pretty far from the sidewalk, but it was still kinda crazy. I had the stray thought as I passed that it could easily have fallen on someone. Note to self: rethink getting a parking pass at school so you do not have to walk when the weather gets nasty.

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