Moonlit Miles

There is no aerial this week because of that one holiday with the turkey etc. so here are some running updates instead. Tuesday after work I hit up the treadmill to keep up with the recent 10K training plan I've adopted. It was supposed to be an easy paced run, with the fast plan at 8:50/mile and the more moderate plan at 9:50/mile, so I hovered in the middle-ish range for 5 miles. 

11/23: 5.1 miles easy pace, 47:15 min, 9:16 avg pace

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I was also accompanied by my little 3-legged running buddy. He usually just hangs out in the other part of the basement and right next to me throughout the run but miraculously he doesn't bark or bother me until I hit stop. He's pretty sweet. 

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Wednesday was supposed to be a 3.5 mile tempo run, but then we had some family time instead with my father-in-law so we'll see if I can make that up some other time this week. As you can tell, my training is going really well so far. Ha.

Tonight was 5-7 easy miles on the schedule again and since I got early release from work I decided to try and grab some daylight miles if I could. It felt good to be back on my neighborhood hills, even after it got dark and my hip was aching. I came to the unsettling but not surprising realization that I'm pretty sure my lofty 10k goal pace is waaaaay out of line. The tiny twinges and random pains I'm still getting on average weekly runs makes me really hesitant to push it or trust my body enough to perform on a certain day. It's kind of a crapshoot so we'll just have to wait and see.

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11/25: 5.16 miles, 49:38 min, 9:38 avg pace

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This fall sunset light and barely-there leaves convinced me that I had to get outside. And this moonrise greeting me on the way home made me really glad that I did. As I was almost home I realized I had just run 5 miles outside with the mini hills on pavement, and I felt really good energy wise. For as slow as I feel lately, I have been making progress with my cardio and my legs are feeling a bit stronger. I tend to focus a lot on the negative parts of my running but I am seriously grateful for getting to run even if it's not fast or with perfect form, and I was especially thankful to have a dry and cold evening run this week. These temps are my favorite and I love my neighborhood. 

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If the forecast permits I'm looking forward to trying to get out again tomorrow before the day of feasting. My plan is maybe hitting up the track (WTF) and then eating stuffing and drinking wine. My family knows not to trust me with any sort of cooking so Dev is putting together a green salad to share and I'm wearing comfy pants. Hope you all are getting a chance to relax a bit and eat something delicious as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!