Hitting the pavement
Saturday, July 17, 2010
If you would have told me a few years ago that I would find an advantage to being up at 6:30am, I might have agreed with you. Just not at this point in my life. I'd push my head under the pillow by trying to get a few traces of sleep, and hope that you didn't wake the kids on your way out. Hey, I have toddlers. Sleeping time is precious.
Most times, I am up by 6 not by will, but by sheer force of my childrens will. Typically this is were my brain goes into 'safe mode' for an hour or so. Doing the functions I need to do to keep everyone happy, but not really being 'with it'.
This morning was another one of those mornings, but instead of being groggy... I was.. awake. I know this is what happens with exercise. I start to get up earlier. I have more energy. Deciding to take advantage of this, I decided to go running. I checked the weather just for giggles, and boy am I glad I did. It's 75 now, but it will be 90 today. YUCK.
Taking a page from the other day, I hydrated better and started to run. I hit my first 4 minutes again. It was bit of a struggle, I am not going to lie. But that might be because too the last 30-45 seconds of that is running up hill. Recovery was fine.
I did my second run fine.. when I decided to check how much longer I had to go, I discovered the stop watch part was not on. I lost my time. But the spot I checked was around the same as yesterday, which meant that I was around the 3 minute mark. I timed out another minute 5 just incase to come out even. Maybe even a bit ahead.
So now BOTH 4 minute runs completed! This following week I'll be working on pushing those up, and next week we'll be looking to hit the 5 minute mark.
I know this seems like nothing to those who are running 20 minutes together. It's 1/4 of the time which is a drop in the bucket. But considering where I came from, it is a huge improvement.
When I first started, I wasn't doing a couch to 5k program. That seemed a bit too out of reach. I started around one of my blocks instead. The idea was to run as far as I could without being out of breath. Take a breather to recover. Wash, rinse, repeat. Then the following run I would extend where I stopped the first time by a drive way or two. Adding on a bit more time.
The first time I ran, I got to about half way down one side of the block. I'd say this is probably at about 30 seconds to 1 minute in. I'd take another 30 second breather. Reach the end of the block, and run the shortest way across. Likely this is around a minute. When I got better I'd continuing running up to the first house (up hill again, lol).
When I hit the 3 minute mark, I decided to see how far I came. I ran all the way down the one side continuing to the shortest side, up the hill until about the 4th or 5th house. This took 3 minutes at my pace. So I did run most of the way around the damn thing, just about 25-30 percent short of finishing. I am guessing if I try on my running days, I'll be able to clear the entire block all together.
Again, not a big deal to some people who are running 1-3 miles in a single sitting. But it's a big deal to me. :)