Only 3 miles. It is supposed to be run at a very easy pace. No pushing it. Why are these runs the hardest?? Why is it so hard to just be happy plodding along at what feels like a toddler’s pace?
My route today is one I have ran countless times except I run it the same direction every single time. Well, today the flag went all the up the pole and what did I do?! I ran it going the other direction! Such a simple thing to do but why did it take me so long to realize I don’t have to go in the same direction all the time! This is what I love most about running, it gives me moments of perfect clarity and purpose.
Another pursuit that keeps my focus in the moment is taking pictures. For me, the joy of photography is in the actual doing. I hate editing, working on the computer, and grow bored of the technical details. My happy place is just out and about in the world with a camera. Doesn’t even matter what kind of camera. I got a iphone for the camera. Not for the phone service, not because I can get email on it but because it is small enough to put in a pocket and simply take a picture, any time, anywhere. The one thing I haven’t quite mastered though is leaving home with it fully charged. Kind of a problem. So here are some pictures from today before my battery ran dead yet again.
So apparently in order to run faster, one must practice running faster! Hah! yes, I will have to go along with that premise, just somebody tell my legs!!! Today was my speed work day. The goal of today’s run was to run 6×400 intervals at my 5k pace sandwiched between one slooow mile each for a warm up and cool down. SInce I haven’t ran a 5k race in a number of years I am taking a stab at what a fair time might be for me. I hope to run a 5k race sometime within the next 2 weeks so I will have a much better idea of my pace. Let me just say I am not a fast runner. I think I will be very lucky and happy to run a half marathon in under 2 hours. But I confess, that is the sort of goal I have set for myself. Time and training will tell if that is realistic.
Since speed is not my strong suit I felt quite validated when I came across the NY Times article today discussing the merits of running in moderation (distances less than 20 miles a week at 10-11 minute/mile) vs doing nothing or running distances greater than 20 miles a week. Here is a link to the article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/moderation-as-the-sweet-spot-for-exercise/?hp Sorry, but I haven’t figured out how to do that neat little linky thing yet. Bear with me. Anyways, while I may be a wee bit faster than those times, I feel like my running is on the right track.
My iphone battery died about 2/3 of the way thru my run today so I am a little weak on the picture front. Here’s what I got:
This is my first post of what I hope will be many. I intend to document my preparation to run my first half marathon. In the past I have unsuccessfully tried to train for whole marathons but have always been thwarted by injury. I have finally decided that one sometimes just has to accept things and work with whatcha got. Running has been a staple of mine for decades and has gotten me thru many a rough patch. If you run, you know what I am talking about. It’s my place I go….
So anyways, today’s run was an easy 4 miler. I have become suddenly aware of the various alcoholic/enchancement beverage bottles on the side of the road. Here is today’s example:
I have no idea what it is. Random, I know.
On runs less than 5 miles Gus goes with me. Gus is too young to go on anything longer.
I don’t usually let Gus have this much leash space, but in the interest of making a picture, just this once.