Temp: 20 Degrees, 10mph wind
Total Ascent: 922 ft
Avg HR: 166 bpm
Today was very encouraging!!! I probably felt better in today's run than I have in the last 3 weeks. After aprx 25min warm up, I averaged 7:04/mile for the last 9 miles. The overall pace of 7:19/mile was my third lowest over 10 mile training ever. The left knee felt great. It got a little tight toward the end of the run and throughout the day it got a little more stiff and sore, but I iced it a total of 4 times and hopefully it will feel good tomorrow for a light 10 mile recovery.
The most encouraging aspect of the run was I didn't feel I was pushing that hard. My heart rate was a little higher than I would like at 166 bpm, but that's not bad all things considered. For the first time in a long time I felt like I was gliding instead of pounding the ground. The last mile or so my legs got a little heavy and I started striking a little harder, but all in all it was great.
It was pretty cold, but the only things I struggled with was numb fingers. I went to Kohls and bought some heavier gloves in the afternoon. I always seem to have trouble keeping my hands warm.
Yesterday's diet was pretty good, but in my typical "run my good eating day" fashion. I ate two whole large bags of Kettle Corn by myself. All of them. Without any help (except for Jack)!!! But fortunately the sugar didn't seem to bother me too much. I have to get my diet under control. I usually do great all day, but the evenings KILL ME! I know it's just boredom while I watch TV, but I can't seem to get any self-control when it comes to food! I think sometimes I'm gonna look like a giant popcorn ball or slice of pizza running down the road if I don't get a handle on it.