Friday’s Run (10/08/10): The First 30-Minute Training Run
Whew, what a week! On Friday, I planned to do my “long run,” a 30-minute run at an easy pace, and I found myself looking forward to it all day. Before my work-out, I wasn’t very hungry, but I thought it would be wise to eat something before heading out the door, so I made a smoothie out of strawberry kefir, strawberry-cranberry juice, and club soda. It was so pink! And it was perfect too—not too sweet, and I had a great run, for which I’ll credit my pink smoothie. Even though it was after work and I often feel tired at that time of day, I felt wonderful, strong, even perky.
The best part of my run was the route. I discovered a nice loop recently, one that takes me about an hour to walk, and I’d been eagerly looking forward to testing it out on a run. I thought it might be too long for a 30-minute run, but it was perfect. With my warm-up and cool-down, the distance was just right to take me out and back to my door in about 40 minutes (5 minutes each for warm-up and cool-down, 30 minutes of running). I tried to run it continuously, as one of my half-marathon goals is to take fewer walk breaks so I can run a speedier half. I only stopped when it was time to cross the busy road that cuts through my running route, so I had maybe a 2-minute break early in the run, but the rest was continuous motion. I was very happy with this run, and I’m starting to get really excited about doing my long runs. Let the half-marathon training begin!