Sad times: It’s getting darker and darker at 6 o’clock. On the bright side (excuse the pun), the sunrises have been really pretty lately.I met up with Katie for a stroll through East Nashville and Shelby Park. I did a lot of gabbing about our Europe trip so the miles flew by! I’m counting all that talking as an extra workout.Speaking of talking and running — now’s a good time to mention the “talk test.” I often get asked by beginner runners about how to find a comfortable pace for easy/steady runs. The answer: If you can say a few sentences easily and be able to chitchat without gasping for air, you’re at a good pace. Runners Connect says:
“Another easy way to test whether you’re running in the range of steady pace is to perform what is called the “talk test”. While running, try to speak out-loud. If you can get out a three to four short sentences, but can’t quote Shakespeare, you’re running at a steady pace. If you can only blurt out one or two sentences before you start grasping for breath, you’re running too hard.”
Also, talking helps you forget that you’ve been running for over an hour and are still half asleep because it’s 5:42 a.m.Clearly we are happy to be back in ‘Murica because we have been on a burger rampage. We made burgers on Sunday, had leftover burgers on Monday, and then went to The Pharmacy with some friends on Tuesday. For burgers, duh.I ordered the chickpea burger, which I think is just as good (perhaps even better?!) than this restaurant’s beef burger. But actually: I just come for the buns, beer, and tots. I think I make a pretty mean loaf of bread, but I will never be able to top The Pharmacy’s pillow-soft burger buns. How do they do it?!And tonight we have another special dinner planned! Talk to you about it tomorrow!
ps: to anyone who opened my post in their email browser yesterday, here’s the cardinal you missed! Sorry for the slip-up
- How do you measure/”feel” your pace?
- Locals: best burger in Nashville?
- Running and talking: easier or harder than running in silence?