Week of November 13, 2011:
I am reclaiming my running fitness! There, I have now declared my intentions, and on Sunday, I did more than talk the talk: I walked the walk. Or rather, ran the run. Since I’m still watchless, I decided to compensate for my lack of technology by doing laps around a pair of parks that together have a 1-mile running path. This month my goal is to work up to a 50-minute run, so on Sunday I decided to try for a 4-mile run around the parks. 4 miles x 10-minute miles = 40 minutes. My math is all based on estimates here, but I’m okay with that. Was I running 10-minute miles? Maybe. Maybe I was slower than that. But the main point here is that it was a challenging run, and if I’m going to rebuild my running fitness, I need to be challenging myself during my long runs.
I’ve noticed that when it comes to running, there are two main areas where fatigue sets in: my breathing/cardiovascular output or my legs. On Sunday’s run, my legs did pretty well, but my lungs were feeling challenged, and I had some cramping in my abdomen. It wasn’t so challenging that I wanted to die, but I definitely felt the mismatch between upper and lower halves. On the plus side, I was able to complete my four laps without any walking breaks, just a tiny pause for cars before crossing the street.
I really liked this run. It was hard, but it was good. There’s no doubt that it takes time and patience to get back into running shape, but there’s only one way to do it: get out there and run. I can’t wait to do it again.