I’ve set the distance, now I need to improve my running time
Today I finally found a 5-mile route around my neighborhood that will take me from my doorstep and back again in 5 miles with several hills and only a few stoplights for resting. It took me over an hour to get home but that’s because I’m still not able to run all the way, the hills are a major killer! I’m able to get about half way before gasping for air and then my brain goes into panic mode, and I have to stop to catch my breath. But now that I have the route I can strive to make it all the way with no walking in between. The one thing that completely sucks about this route is there about a 1/2 mile of radio silence, that’s right no wifi, which means no Rock My Run, Pandora, or Spotify. Ironically Audible was able to work all the way through.
I was listening to the Hug Your Haters book, if you haven’t read/listened to it, you should check it out. The book provides some great insight on how to manage customer service in this new age of technology.
My husband keeps asking me why I’m running for more than 20 minutes, which is all you need for a cardio workout. What goal are you trying to achieve?
So I finally set that goal, to complete the 5 miles without walking breaks, then reduce my time. I’ve previously been able to run 5 miles in under 40 minutes, but that was on a very flat route. This route has about three steep and long inclines.
Last week I ran into a 65-year-old man during my trek, we crossed paths twice so the second time he stopped to say hello. I was close to ending my 4-mile run, while he was about half-way through his 10-mile jog. We talked for a long time; he told me he used to run marathon’s about ten years ago all over the country including the LA Marathon, Boston Maraton and even a few overseas. He even told me that I was running up the “easy” hill. I never considered running much further than 5 miles, and I never considered running a marathon, but there is something to being able to say you did.
Total Distance: 5.30 miles