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Wednesday 10-28-09 run

As Gunnery Sergeant Truelove used to say, "It's just another beautiful day in Chicaaaargo". Don't ask...

Anyway, it was a beautiful day in Chicago. Excellent running weather and while there were hints of rain, the rain stayed away. One of my co-workers asked about running with me at lunch time. So I gave her the details and she joined me on part of my run. I must admit that it was very odd at first. I'm not accustomed to holding back to stay with someone. I'm also not used to talking to someone when I run. She did a good job though and she probably ran close to a mile.

After I parted ways with the co-worker, I quickly picked up the tempo and settled into my normal pace. It's always good to stretch the legs out. That first 3/4 of a mile on my own was a bit rough, but that's because I was not following my normal routine. Breaking routines is a good thing though. It promotes growth and keeps us from getting burnt out.

When I'm running, I like to play…

Monday 10-26-09 run

It was a beautiful day in Chicago if you are a runner. The temperature was in the mid 50's and the sun was hidden behind the clouds. I actually snuck today's run in before the light rain arrived. The only bad thing about a day like today is that with the weather you are stuck with the "in betweens". By that I mean in between needing just a base layer or a base layer and an outer layer. Today I went with the base layer and outer layer. Good call over all as the wind was pretty active around noon. This is the last week of October and we've still got weather in the 50's. I'd better enjoy it while I can - November usually brings the cold with it.

Since this was Monday, I decided to keep things easy. The first mile was spent working on my form. Good, fluid form just makes running so much easier. By the end of the second mile, I was increasing my speed and I settled into a good rhythm. For me, that really gets things right for the rest of the runs for the week.

Friday 10-23-09 run

Friday rolled around and it brought colder, rainy weather with it. Running in the rain does not bother me at all. There is something refreshing about the rain hitting your face as you log a few miles. People at work think I'm a fool for running when the weather turns bad. People on the street look at me like I'm an idiot. Such is the life of a runner. Runners have goals and we're not about to let a little bad weather get in the way of those goals!

I normally weigh myself at work every morning. More because it's part of my routine than any real need to know how much I weigh. I will admit my weight does become very important when I start competing. Friday I weighed in at 149.50 which is where I want to be at this stage of the game.

One thing about running in wet weather - you have to be aware of your surroundings. It's very easy to slip and fall as you navigate your way on the ever changing running surfaces you will encounter. Downtown Chicago sidewalks have steel gr…

Wednesday 10-21-09 run

Wednesday was a fabulous day for a run. The temperature was in the mid 50's to lower 60's when I started. During the week I normally run during my lunch break at work. Here is my normal route. It's just 4 miles: http://bit.ly/t8vgE - this route is a good mixture of gradual inclines and declines. Not exactly flat, but not hilly either.

A few weeks ago I went and bought some new cold weather running gear. Mizuno makes wonderful running clothes and I found a sale on some Mizuno Breath Thermo base layers. Thin, lightweight, very snug and oh so comfortable to wear! It's like magic for runners. Breath Thermo actually converts your sweat into heat to keep you warm. It also keeps your sweat from getting the shirt wet. Running in cold weather with wet gear does not make for a good time. Depending on how cold it gets, I should be able to wear the Breath Thermo base layer, a looser out layer and that's about it. Obviously, I was dying to try this stuff out.

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