I noticed that I am running much more smoothly than I was when I started and I am able to set a decent pace and hold it for much longer. If I look at similar runs from a month ago, I am now averaging a pace that is 30 seconds faster per kilometer. The distance I am covering in similarly timed runs is also measurable longer. The key thing is that, even though I am covering more ground at a faster pace, my average hear rate is the same or less. Good indicators, all of them.
I brought my iPod to listen to some music for a change. Normally, I listen to podcasts, which are great to help pass the time on long runs, but I was on a traffic-free path and the run was just steady state kilometers - no concentration required. After listening to The Black Crowe's "She Talks to Angels", I queued up The Tragically Hip's Up To Here. What a great album. I normally don't listen to a full album from beginning to end, but when the next song started I couldn't bring myself to switch away. I got through tracks 1 to 6 by the time the run was over:
- Blow at High Dough
- I'll Believe In You (Or I'll Be Leaving You tonight)
- New Orleans Is Sinking
- 38 Years Old
- She Didn't Know
- Boots Or Hearts