New Long Run.

24 09 2012

 

Route: Boardwalk

Distance: 3.45 miles

Time: 45 minutes

Shoe Mileage: 217.28 miles.

I never had the chance to post a blog for this past Friday’s run but luckily I posted the info on my Dailymile profile so that I can keep track. I went to sleep pretty late on Saturday so I missed Sunday morning’s run. It was supposed to be my long run but I made up for it today. Luckily I had nothing else to do and the weather was perfect. It was a cool 60° out and sunny-the perfect weather for a Galloway runner.

With this run, I’ve decided to go for three and a half miles with the slower 11-12 mile per minute pace. The ratio was two minutes run and 1 minute walk, an easy run with the pace. I haven’t ran this far in quite some time and to tell the truth, I probably could’ve ran longer. For half the run I listened to some Marathon podcast and it seemed like the time flew by. When I listened to music for the second half, it did seem like a longer run. Now, I will have a podcast ready every I do the long run.

One thing that helped the run was an app I found called Run / Walk Intervals Timer. This app would keep track of the minutes I needed to run and walk. Whenever I had to change pace, the Android app would tell me when to run or walk and would even vibrate for several seconds when alerting me. It’s free and worth every penny. My runs have become so much easier with it. If you have an Android phone, I highly recommend it.

 

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One Failed Year Later II

22 02 2012

Last year, I was making good progress with the Couch to 5k program. I was successfully making the weekly goals and felt good running again. Running on a boardwalk brought back memories of pushing myself and gaining confidence. However, things started to make a turn for the worse. I started to get a cramp in my calf muscle. It was a small kink that I felt in the inside. I didn’t pay any mind to it and as the weeks went by, the pain slowly grew. I was afraid that I was going to hurt myself so I took a week off at one point.

When I went back to the boardwalk, I felt fine but after a week, the pain came back. I would especially feel it after a five-minute interval. One evening I started to run and after an interval, I couldn’t do it anymore. I was in real pain and I had to walk back. For weeks after that my leg was hurting and I basically fell out of running at that point. The pain gradually went away in the span of two months, but by then I was discouraged and was afraid I was going to hurt my leg again.

I was probably a week away from this.

Fast forward to the end of 2011, I was determined to get back into running and run my first race. When I used to run about twelve years ago, I just ran to lose weight; I never thought about participating in a race. Now, when I grabbed books for running, it was always about getting ready for a race. So the more running books I would flip through, the more that competing in a run seemed like a good idea. I usually need some sort of goal to complete any task I undertake and last time I ran, I lost the will to continue running because I already hit my weight loss goal. Now I have my eyes on a 5K race this coming June held on the very same boardwalk that I used to run on. I think it would be most fitting to take part in my first race on the first track I used to run on.

What could be better for my first race than this?

When I decided to start running again, I knew I had to try something different so that I don’t get hurt again. Well, I have a gym membership to Planet Fitness that I’ve had for over a year and I would occasionally visit the place throughout that year. It only costs me $10 a month so it wasn’t a really big deal if I didn’t go too often.

“You’re visiting my runnin’ place. Yuk yuk yuk yuk yuk!”

I’ve figured that pounding my feet on the treadmill would be kinder to my legs than   concrete or wood so I’ll give that a shot. When my legs get stronger and I can run continuously for a distance, I’ll switch to outdoor running and see how that works. So far so good, and I get to watch women fight on Springer on the televisions while listening to music and running. How can I lose?

“Have you seen my friend, Berdo?”