It was beautiful out today, early in November. The weather was sunny and about 70 degrees. I got out and squeezed a quick 3 miler in this afternoon and ran the 3 miles in splits of 8:31, 7:53, and 7:21. This week coming up, I will begin to stretch out the mileage.
As I track my stats, the things i mainly pay attention to are miles, splits, and my cadence. As my fitness goes up, I go from low 170's in my cadence up to the low to mid 180's. Currently, I am in the mid to high 170's consistently. It does help to be able to tune into my fitness and realize I am progressing, even without necessarily being able to go a lot longer or faster. As I have seen in the past, as my cadence goes up, I am getting stronger. It helps me trust the training, especially in the early stages.
This weekend, though I don't normally, I am going to try and squeeze in some sort of fitness, hopefully running. Usually, I try to keep Saturday and Sunday for rest days, but I am feeling motivated and it's early in my training so I know my body can handle it.