Thursday, November 1, 2007

Change of seasons

I love this time of the year. It is getting so cold here now that I wear a sweatshirt when I run in the evenings, like tonight. The only bummer is my evening runs will be coming to an end after this weekend thanks to the end of daylight savings time. I don't like running in the dark (I scare easily, LOL), so I will be sticking to daytime runs until spring.

Tonight's run was very nice. I took it nice and easy, not running as hard as I know I can. It felt like a nice, relaxed pace. Running slower allowed me to enjoy the scenery on my route, which was nice. I noticed the fog rolling in as dusk approached, the smoke wafting from chimneys, people rummaging at a huge yard sale. Things I wouldn't normally pay attention to during a faster run. I think part of the reason I was feeling burned out on running was because it had turned into a chore to just get faster and not enjoy the journey, you know? I want to enjoy the journey again, and if it means running slower more often, then so be it. :-)

Oh, and I want to add one more thing: I am sorry I haven't been posting on my fellow runner's blogs lately. I have been so busy the past few weeks and haven't spent much time on my own blog. I have a semester project rough draft due on Monday for my biology class and that is sucking my time away. Well, that and the kids, chores, sleep, etc. Hope you all understand and I promise to comment on your blogs when I have the chance! :-)

Today's stats:
Distance: 3.54 miles
Time: 40 minutes
Pace: 11:17 minute/mile


David said...

That pace doesn't look that much slower to me. Perhaps it was more a mental relaxation, which in turned allowed you to be more comfortable, helping you keep a great pace despite the low perceived effort. At any rate, good run!

I've got mixed emotions about the onset of cold weather. I fear I'll find excuses to be lazy, since training hours are so limited. I need to get some long miles in over the winter. Stupid standard time change!

J~mom said...

Looking good! I love the change in weather!

Mendy said...

Ahhh... Michelle. No worries about slacking on the posting. I'm in the same boat. I need to update, but wanted to REALLY catch up with everyone else. Life has just been so busy lately and I barefly get online anymore, but it's slowing down soon.

I, too, had stopped enjoying running once I felt it became a chore, but now, I'm wanting to get out there. So, I think it's best we enjoy it again, even if it means slowing down some. I'm going through that too.

Glad you're back!!

Laurel said...

I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your running a little bit better now. Sometimes an easier pace is all you need to get back into it.

And dont worry about the blogging, you sound like you have your plate so full. I am finished with school and have NO kids and I barely find time for it. I don't know how you do it at all.