I could not figure out how to slow down today. I wanted to stay at a 10 minute pace, but kept going too fast…even after shortening my stride. Running always seems to be harder to manage after burritos.
Slowly I’ve been building my running time. Sunday I should hit the 24 minute mark, and then 30 by the end of next week. I’ve been looking forward to this milestone for a while. After 30, I hope to lengthen one day each week and eventually go from running 3 days to 4 days, something like 30/30/10/40 and keep building.
I got to run in shorts last Saturday when we hit 50 degrees, but we are back down to single and negative Fahrenheit nights. All is good if you bundle up enough. Nice to not have my mouth covered today (love those Friday half days) and get a run in the sun. Next big snow is moving in Sunday night, so I will look forward to a run Sunday afternoon.
Snow run today where all the main roads seem like back roads.
The roads are looking like this again.
First full week of February included 2 snow days — the second was more ice than snow.
Made running progress despite the ice and puddles. I ended the week with two 12-minute runs sandwiching a 3 minute walk. Getting to 15 minute runs next week and then soon to a 24.
Running Journal for January, 2014:
Running a walk/run plan that began January 1. It began with a 5 minute walking warm up, then 90 second run/walk/run/walk, etc. and then ended with a 5 minute cool down.
As of Feb 1: 5 minute waling warm up, 2 minute run, 2 minute brisk walk, 4 minute run, 2 minute brisk walk, 10 minute run, 2 minute brisk walk, 2 minute run, 5 minute cool down.
Working my way back up slowly, and running timed workouts not distance. Last distance was about 3 miles.
Since the new year began:
- Eased back into running three days a week
- Started a new job
- At a new church (related to previous)
- All the kids have been home
Around the corner:
- Tomorrow # 1 son heads out for a new adventure
- # 2 returns to school next week
- Focusing on core strengthening consistency
- Looking for runners at new church to connect with
- Date night with wife at the Spinnerstown Hotel