Earlier this week, I ran outside for the first time in a while. It was a perfect fall day here -- a little crisp, sunny and not too windy. I really was not in the mood to run, but I had scheduled the run and thought I had better just do it.
I went to Central Park, which causes several logistical problems (which is maybe why I run at the gym more often). At any rate, I took off and cruised. I had planned on going 5 miles and cutting off at the 102d St. Transverse. But when I got to the cut-off, I was feeling fine and thought, OK, I'll just go all the way around, which involves going up and down the fairly steep Harlem Hill. Still felt pretty good, and ended up feeling...well, good. First time in a loooong time that I felt like, "I got this. I can do this." Not just getting through the workout, but running. Felt great, ended up 6.2 miles in 49:49, a solid pace for me right now.
And I am at peace right now with my Garmin 405. After repeatedly crashing (and making me want to smash it with a hammer), after a couple of comments, I looked into a 310XT. Nice piece of gear, but $399. Ouch. So, I looked at the Garmin forums (fora?), and realized they had released a software update to fix the bug I had been getting (it would freeze at a mile, when it tried to record a lap; thus, say, at 4.00 miles, it would just freeze and have to be reset.) I downloaded the software update and it seems to be working much better. Lesson learned -- always check for software updates at Garmin. I actually knew this because of the "timeout" issue (where it just stops if you don't punch a button, (thus "timing out) thinking it is on in error).
It is fall and the chill is in the air. Great time to run!