Friday, May 18, 2012
Today I started out with no destination in mind. I just decided to run randomly two blocks one way, then turn and run 3 blocks another way, then turn and do a block in another direction, etc. Along the way I was thinking about a friend who recently took up running and is going to do the June 5K with me. She asked me last week if I could run for 30 minutes, and I said yes, because I have. Then I thought about how I don't think I have actully run continuously for 30 minutes in a while, so I had to prove to myself that I could. I did. But 30 minutes continuous is sheer will power still. It really seems like that should be easier. I've done it before, I should be able to do it every run--assuming I am feeling my normal self. Or I should be able to go faster in that time. But I don't seem able to. Is my level of effort too high still, so I am pushing too hard? Or am I not pushing myself hard enough? How do I tell? Questions with seemingly no answer, so I'll just keep running.
3.08 miles this morning.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I went shopping for shorts yesterday as the weather is finally warming up and I didn't have any that fit. On a whim at the rack I picked up both 8's and 10's. I was sure the 10's would fit, but didn't have much expectation for the 8's. I tried an 8 first. It fit. Wow. I have to say I never thought I would see that size again. But maybe I really will!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Either it was the day, or it turns out that cross-island on Grand Street is a very popular morning route. I didn't notice this on previous runs, but today there were a lot of joggers and dog walkers out. I got hit by the sprinkler at one of the churches and had a nice, cold, early hose down. I tried to dodge it but ran out of room and it just kept tracking me. Grand St turned out to be a good choice for my run today. I was having a bit of a slog, and I just kept telling myself, I can run to the next stoplight (nearly every block) an I kept going that way. Total 3.12 miles. I had plans for increasing my mileage early this year, but that doesn't seem to be happening. I think I am still becoming a stronger, better runner though, and increasing my fitness, I just feel like I should be able to do more, Maybe I am not pushing hard enough. On the other hand, I only have so much time to give, so I have to go faster if I can't go longer...Just stuff I think about.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Today on my run I struck out on my original running route, which I have not done in months. I discovered my original run was about 2.4 miles. I went to the park, looking for baby ducks. Apparently baby ducks sleep much later than adult humans. I saw lots of ducks, and a night heron, and a robin, but no baby ducks. I didin't play any music on the first half of my run, because the battery in my player was low and I wanted to have it if/when the going got tough. I just focused on the sound & rhythm of my breathing, the sound of my footfalls, how hard my feet were striking, how my arms were swining, etc. Then when I headed for home I turned the music on. My calculations were a little off for the turn around point and I came in at 2.92 miles. All in all a decent run.
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