Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Yesterday I achieved perhaps the most challenging goal I set for May. I walked a 10 minute warm up, ran for 82 minutes, and then did my cool down walk for a total of 8.5 miles in 102 minutes. I ran right at 7.5 miles. At that speed and in the air conditioning of the gym I was totally comfortable and enjoyed every step.
My previous longest run was 6.8 miles run with 7.5 mile total. If I increase my run by one mile per month, in just 5 months I'll be able to run a half marathon. I just might do it, although I'll probably wait until the cool weather to actually tackle it.
I have 5 shorter races, 5Ks, scheduled. I do feel some conflict. There is a competitive part of me that thinks I could win or at least place consistently in my age group if I train and push hard. Then there is perhaps a more reasonable part of me that says this is all about health, that it makes more sense to go slow, enjoy it, and aim to run as long as I can injury free.
The key to me really enjoying a run is going very slow at the beginning. If I start out fast I feel bad for several minutes and then find my pace and feel fine. Unfortunately a slow start won't help me place in the shorter races. Guess at my race this Saturday evening I'll try to get some warm up first, try not to start too fast, and realize that finishing is a victory in itself.