The other day I was up bright and early to do my run on the rail trail. I had my ipod and Garmin ready and was excited to do my run. As I approached the trail I noticed a swarm of students running my way. It was the local High School/Middle School cross country team.
I don't know how long these kiddos had been out on the trail but boy they looked beat. Either that or it was just way too early for them. As to not intrude on their run I decided to run the opposite direction on the trail. I ended up running towards even more kids running up the trail. I noticed not one of them looked happy and none of them were wearing any tech type clothing. They all had cotton t-shirts on. What are these coaches teaching them? Why aren't they wearing breathable fabric? No wonder they all looked so miserable.
Okay, back to my run. I was feeling good and thought I was having a pretty good run. After the first mile I looked down at my Garmin and noticed my time and thought, Gee, that kind of stinks. I had to remember that I was going for good solid mileage and not time. I also had to remember that I was listening to the radio on my ipod. EVERY time I listen to the radio instead of my running playlist my time is slower. It must be because I don't have control over the upbeat music that I usually run to and also listening to people talk does not make me run fast. This is one reason I don't think I could ever listen to a podcast while I run.
In the end I did complete 5 miles and was pleased. I mentioned last week about how I had pain in my knee after the run. I iced it as soon as I got home and hadn't had a problem since.
How was your last run? Do you ever listen to the radio on your run? -M