My goal for September was 175. I hit it with 175.5... I only needed to do 4 miles yesterday and since I was in Marion, it was right before dinner instead of in the morning, and it was pretty windy, I contented myself with doing the bare minimum. To be honest, I later regretted not working my body a little harder, but I'm sure it's enjoying the rest. Today is a rest day, so that is the final total! My goal for October isn't a final number but a weekly sum - right now I'm running about 40 or 41 miles a week. I'd like to hit between 45 and 50 weekly for October. I hope the weather cooperates!
I picked up a different book on CD this week - The Best American Short Stories of 2001. Great things about this: Barbara Kingsolver was the editor. She also wrote and read the introduction, which was fabulous. And she has a great reading voice. One of the stories, while really well written and beautiful, was also slightly bizarre. A woman kept finding baby parts - real ones - in her house. Started with a hand, then a shoulder, a torso, a penis, etc. She stitched them together when she had all the parts but the baby died. It was... strange to say the least. But also well written.
This morning I went to the dentist (I am one of those freaks that really loves going to the dentist - you get out of work, you watch tv, you leave with super clean teeth, and you get to talk with really nice, friendly people). My hygenist informed me that she heard they're calling for a particularly rough winter. So I checked the farmers almanac. Read it yourself here, but essentially she's right. UGH. I quickly learned last winter that northern Indiana's iteration of winter is about ten times more horrible than anywhere else I've ever lived - the wind! the insane sub-zero temps! the snow! I'm already dreading it...
Are any of you winter time runners? What do you do to stay warm running outside when it gets really cold?