I am a creature of habit when it comes to most things... especially running. If I'm not training for something specific that calls for tempo or speed work, my runs before work are usually "5 miles easy". The goal of these runs are to maintain my running base, clear my head, de-stress before the day, and give myself an endorphin rush to get me through at least the first couple hours of work!
My Garmin is worn during my runs, but unless I am doing tempo or speed work, I usually don't look at it until after the run. My goal is to run "easy", and my definition of easy is whatever feels easy at the time. Some days 7:45 feels easy. Some days it's 8:40. I like to follow my body. I will look down at my final overall pace after the run is over.
No music for this gal. I don myself with headphones, but it is podcasts that flow into my ears! These are the podcasts I currently listen to: Stuff You Should Know, Freakonomics, Savage Lovecast, Rob Has A Podcast, Survivor Fans Podcast, Fresh Air With Terry Gross, Reality TV Podcast- Survivor, Survivor AfterBuzz, and American Horror Story Podcast by Bald Move. I know, quite the collection.
My favorite podcast- Rob Has a Podcast, where he talks about
Survivor, Big Brother, and other reality tv shows!
In the mornings, I run the same route. I really like the comfort of routine! It is a 2.5 mile out and back, but it winds around my neighborhood so that I am always less than 1 mile from home. That way, if Paul needs me, I am only a 5-6 minute sprint away!
I'M NOT ALONE...
I head out the door no later than 6:15am and am home to stretch and get ready for work by 7:00am. This means that during the winter, my entire run is in the dark. I feel very safe, though. I am running through neighborhoods the whole time. There are people out walking their dogs, leaving for work, and I pass several bus stops with high school students. (All their noses are buried in their electronic devices. So sad!) I also pass an elementary school where parents are dropping their kids off at the before school day care program. It may be dark outside, but my little neighborhood is awake!
One thing I don't see is other runners. I think the runners in my neighborhood are more of the "after work running crowd". In the mornings, I never see other runners, but will see the occasional cyclist.
It feels "homey" running around my hood. Especially because the Christmas lights are now out in full force. Although, I would say my neighborhood decorates more for Halloween than they do for Christmas! Another thing that makes it feel homey is seeing all the TV screens on through the big bay windows of the homes. I am not purposefully creeping in the windows, but I do glance as I run by. Everyone is watching the news. They're probably nice and cozy inside, getting ready to start the day. I don't know, it's just homey to me!
What's a "typical" run for you?
Do you like routine like I do?