Friday I was forced to change it up due to the weather. There was a lot of rainfall the previous night so when I arrived at the boardwalk, the wood planks were completely soaked. I tested the wood by dragging my feet and then knew it would be too dangerous to run on it. My only option was to run on the bike path. Since the beginning of the bike path was nearby, I walked to the start as a warm-up. There was tons of overgrowth on that deserted path to the start and even as a big guy, I did not feel very safe. It’s a perfect place to get shanked.
“Shhh! Here he comes.”
As I got to a clearing, I was surprised to see all the greenage and how big the area was. It still made me nervous because I could vividly imagine getting attacked by a wild boar who jumps from the bushes and tackles me. Either that or I would get a laser blast through my chest from Predator.
I watch too many movies.
About halfway through my run, I realized that running the bike path is pretty fun. There are much more things to look at. Trees, playgrounds, cars, and just seeing different areas instead of endless wooden boards. The only problem with the path is that it’s for bikes. There are always bikers and you always have to be careful. You could accidentally get in front of one and get hit from behind. Quite a shameful way to go.
My run was similar to the last one: a 5K at 12 minutes per mile. As I said before, I’m going to build my mileage and let my speed come naturally.I have been taking a two minute walk at the halfway point and that break has been helping me finish the runs. As of yesterday I have ran 3 miles everyday for the past 3 runs and it has got easier every time. On my next run I’m going to cut the 2 minute walk in half and see how my body responds. If I feel a painful crack and see a jagged bone sticking out of my leg, then I’ll know that I’m pushing too hard.
My goal is to be able to run a 5K without breaks and then eventually run a 10K without breaks. Again, I’ll follow the Jeff Galloway run walk method whenever I start marathon training. Whenever that is.