Sunday’s Run (8/08/10)
Saturday night, I had the brilliant idea that I would get up early on Sunday morning, eat a quick snack, and then head outside for a 30-minute run. To which I can only say now, Yeah, right!
What a kidder I am. I am NOT a morning runner. Even when I was required to attend morning cross-country practices in college, it was with great difficulty that I made it to a 6:30 AM practice. I’m slow and stiff in the morning. It is not a good time for me to run.
I don’t mean to disparage other people’s morning work-outs. In fact, I remain rather jealous that I can’t embrace the practice of pre-work or pre-dawn running. I can get up in time for a half-marathon, but that’s about it for me now that I run on my own. Sunday mornings are made for sleeping late and loafing in pajamas.
I may have slept until 8:30 AM, but I wasn’t a complete slug on Sunday. About 11 AM, I hopped on the treadmill, turned on Food Network, and trotted for 30 minutes at a 9:31 pace. My goal was to do 30 minutes with no breaks, but I was forced to take a bathroom break (hey, it happens). Otherwise, I think I did pretty well. The longest I had run in recent months was, I believe, 20 minutes. On Sunday, I was definitely feeling the burn of adding another 10 minutes to my long run. This experience is very common for me during half-marathon training, so I have come to expect it. I try to stay focused and run strong: rhythmic strides and even breathing, occasionally shaking out my arms and shoulders if I can feel them getting tense. I think focus is the key to getting the most out of long runs.
Speaking of focus, I was absolutely elated to find this picture on Flickr. It’s one of my favorite food bloggers, Shauna, of Gluten-Free Girl, finishing her first 5K. I was so proud of her, and it made me love running even more. I love a sport that welcomes participants of all shapes and sizes, hares and turtles alike. I get a little teary-eyed when I think about how running has empowered so many who were scared but brave enough to take the first step. Bravo, Shauna! Keep running!