We share a love of purple as well as a love of running.
Jenny had a busy day ahead of her yesterday so we ended up meeting very early (6:30 am) for our run - actually, I don't mind getting up so early, and the temperature difference between then and 8:00 am is usually significant, so we are probably going to continue with this start time. Of course, it happened to be about 74 degrees when we ran, but it should have been in the low 60s. Ah Texas...it's survival of the fittest when it comes to outdoor exercise for a good portion of the year!
What has been working for me lately:
- Running without music. I have my headphones on and my iPod ready to go, but I haven't turned it on for the last few long runs...never thought I'd want to run without my crazy playlist, but don't have any need for music right now.
- Listening to sounds - my breathing, which for the most part has been much better on the panic/anxiety breathing front, and also, footsteps. It's especially noticeable when I run with someone and can hear the cadence of our footsteps as we run - it's a neat sound to zone out to.
- My new water bottle (by Fuel Belt) - it doesn't leak!
- Don't laugh, but taking a GU at mile 2 of my long runs seems to help. I know, another thing that "serious" runners would think is silly, but I can't eat before I run, no matter how early I wake up beforehand. My last two miles are always faster than the first two, so it must be the GU, right?
- Training journals - actually, I've been using one for almost two years now. Just got my new one; I like keeping track of my running (and for a while, my swimming) in them.
Oldest one is on the bottom; newest is on top, ready for me to fill in!