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Back to Normality

I started today's run with a little trepidation after the run on Saturday was such a challenge. The weather was back to normal today at 68 degrees with a gentle breeze. Most of the first mile was spent thinking about that run and so it felt uncomfortable until Smiley Faces by Gnarls Barkley came on. The song was such good fun I started to jog along to the beat and before I knew it I'd hit mile 4 and was sprinting to the finish in 31:39 or an average of 7:54. For those who don't know (and I didn't when I bought the CD) Gnarls Barkley is Cee-lo and Danger Mouse. The sound has an infectious quality to it and it's great to run with it blasting on your headphones.
I'd like to make a final recommendation of the day before I eat my oatmeal and that is to checkout the timex ironman watches. I've had my Timex Mega-lap (200) Ironman sleek for 3 years now and it is the best watch for running. It saves up to 200 laps of training data on a per session basis and is really comfortable. 10 countdown timers, 10 alarms, 3 timezones (useful for my trips to England and Boston) and 10 interval timers. It's water resistant to 100 meters so I used to train with it in the pool to mark my splits, despite the fact that they were slow. I like that with so many laps of storage I can look back over the last 100 or so miles and see how my running has improved on a per workout basis. The straps are hard to fit if you need to replace them but I've only done that once in 3 years. Timex customer service directs you to a firm who handle their parts fulfillment if you need a replacement strap. Unfortunately, I can't find this watch in many stores and it seems to have been replaced by a series of smaller capacity watches.