It was a good run today. The sun was out! The temperature was just right. Noah hopped on his bike and accompanied me along the seven mile route that covered new territory for me in our new neighborhood. Now that I've done it once, I'm sure I could do a similar run over the same ground and feel comfortable. I was really pleased. I ran a pretty slow pace, but I was running for distance today, so that's fine. I had negative splits over the last three miles, so I'm happy. (If you're a non-runner here, negative splits means that each mile was faster than the one before it)
I also added my superfeet inserts to my Mizunos for this run, which I think made a HUGE difference in my stride and overall joint comfort. Which is a good thing because I went into this run with anxiety that the aches I'd had in my hips over the last couple of runs could be due to the shoes... but if the superfeet fix the problem, then we have no problem! I'm going to wait a couple more hours before I pronounce it solved (just to see how my joints settle as my body recovers)... but I'm pretty confident that I don't need to worry about that anymore.
As a side perk of Noah accompanying me on the run, we talked through a couple of major story revisions I'm working through for my novel, Chasing the Wind, and I'm excited that he thought my changes were strong, excited for what that means for my story and the progress I'm ready to make on it. Yay for synthesis of running and writing!