Lauren has been pestering me for some time to start a running blog. I'm not sure how many people who visit this site will actually care about my running habits. I'm a relatively slow runner... but I have lofty goals. As in, I want to run a marathon next year. I even have one in mind. I just need to sign up... and in a few weeks I need to start training.
So the purpose of keeping a log here of the runs I do is to a) give me some accountability... and b) make me think more critically about the running I'm doing so that hopefully I can improve over time. And if some of you chime in with some solidarity I'll be forever in your debt. Running can be a social act, but in the end it's just you and your head deciding how far to push your body... so support is crucial. Me and my head, we struggle to see eye-to-eye sometimes.
I ran today with Leslie, sort of on the spur of the moment after having put off running for a week. I'm doing an 8-week training through Nike + Run Club to work on my fitness, and as kind of an on-ramp to marathon training which will begin mid- to late-November. Today was supposed to be a rest day, but given I had procrastinated a week, I figured the automated coach wouldn't mind. I ran 10'55" per mile, faster than my usual pace of 11'30", enough to give me a little cardio stress. The allotted time was 7 minutes of pushing the pace, but I ran for 28 minutes instead, because I'm contrary. And running has to be worth the effort... 7 minutes is hardly worth changing clothes for. The point of the runs this week is to push for a little more speed than I am comfortable with over shorter distances. Later this week I'll be doing sprints!
Tomorrow or Tuesday I'll do some cross training, through the Nike + Training app also. The last cross training day I did (around two weeks ago) left me super sore! Which means I need to do it more. I liked the short intervals that the app suggested, and really felt the burn on the lunges. (I hate lunges)
So there you have it, Lauren. My first running entry. Maybe one day I'll be able to run as fast as you over short distances. And hopefully in a few months I'll be able to cross "Run a marathon" off my bucket list.