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How I Ran 3 Miles Without Stopping

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

After my crazy fast run yesterday, I felt great. But, later on around bedtime, I started to notice that my entire body was feeling the morning's run. This made me a bit nervous, as today was supposed to be my Long Slow Run.

In a normal training schedule, I wouldn't schedule a back-to-back run anywhere near the Long Slow Run. I would definitely leave a rest day before my LSR. But, this week, things got a little wonky because I'm starting my official half marathon training schedule next week. So, my days were going to need to shift a little bit...also, I had wanted to run a distance of 5k "with" one of my SparkFriends yesterday...so that threw me off a bit.

This morning, the alarm went off at 7am and I was NOT in the mood. I think it's important for those of you who say you are inspired by me to understand that I have days where I want to be lazy and I DON'T WANT TO RUN!!! Yes, I am mortal. Lol.

But...to be honest...this is my first REAL LSR and I know that these are so important in training. So, I forced myself to put my running clothes on. I figured I'd feel better when I got out there. Took a VERY slow walk to the trail and was not instantly refreshed by the morning air, as I usually am. Still tired. Ugh.

Got to the trail and this is the part where I usually start running. This run would be different, though, because as the name suggests...it is to be a LONG, SLOW RUN.

I remembered the book I just finished reading (which I highly recommend for ALL beginning runners trying to lose weight) called "Run Your Butt Off". In this book, they introduce a running program for weight loss that gradually builds slowly (somewhat like C25K). But they had a test panel of people that did the program and reported back the entire 12 weeks. By the end of the program, every single person had become "a runner". There were a few that had a hard time getting into it the first few weeks. They said they hated running...even 3 weeks in. At that point, the authors and coaches gave them a tip...SLOW YOUR PACE. Amazingly, every single one of the participants reported that running was a COMPLETELY different story when they just slowed down.

This morning, I knew 4 miles would be tough. I determined to go as slow as possible so I could make it through the long haul. My feet were NOT wanting to do this. Ankles were a bit sore from yesterday. I started off running REALLY weird. It was a strange, limping run and I knew it was because I was being overprotective of my bad ankle.

I thought to myself, "Leah, this is going to get you injured...stop it now. Settle in." I say this to myself a lot in the beginning of runs (especially when I'm ready to say 'screw this today')...SETTLE IN. So I kept going...VERY slowly...literally felt like I was shuffling (barely lifting my feet of the ground) for AT LEAST half a mile. I almost felt like I was walking fast and not running. It took me a good LONG time to find a decent rhythm on this run...in fact, I hesitate to call it a run. The word "jog" is much more appropriate for what went down today.

I felt like I was going half my normal speed, but the clock didn't matter today. I finally was able to focus more on my music and forget about my feet. Then, I settled into a good slow pace and got into my zone.

This morning, I learned exactly what those test subjects from "Run Your Butt Off" learned. When I slowed down, running 4 miles was a COMPLETELY different experience. I never once found myself breathing heavily...never once got winded in the slightest bit. Just breathed normally through the entire run! Because I had no problems breathing and because my legs weren't bothering me since I was running so slowly, I just kept going. And I ran non-stop for 3 miles!!! It was about 1/2 hour!! I felt like I could have kept going indefinitely...but there was amonster blister on my left foot and I ended up walking the final mile.

Here's the most amazing part of all...when I looked at my run app later, it showed that my time for the 3.0 miles that I ran was 46 minutes. Um....what? I RAN the entire thing without stopping and it ended up being almost the same time as when I almost kill myself trying to run faster and taking walk breaks to catch my breath. You know, my trainer has told me this and told me this...but I guess I just never believed him. Sorry, Robert!!!

Kind of a mindblowing discovery actually. This is actually going to make me re-think my entire training strategy.
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KATHYGOULDSMITH 6/24/2012 1:03AM

    I am inspired because i am the slowest runner on the planet! Much slower than you, but hey! Im doing it.


KG

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HOLLIROCON 6/15/2012 5:00PM

    I'll definitely keep this in mind on my next run.

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ZENSTEPH 6/12/2012 2:40AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing, it helps me feel better. I've been stuck at 4 weeks on a C25K due to shin splints, etc.

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TONYVAND1 6/11/2012 10:34AM

  emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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ASTRALL 6/11/2012 3:17AM

    Well done to you for sticking with it! emoticon

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SHRINK_U 6/11/2012 2:13AM

    So awesome!

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KARLINJAY 6/10/2012 6:56PM

  Settle in...I am totally going to try using that tomorrow! Thank you and congrats!

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STRONGCHOICE 6/10/2012 6:01PM

  I am new to running and I just started reading that book. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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SDORTON2 6/9/2012 10:31AM

  I am just gearing up to start running myself. I have never done this and hope to get a group together close by. Loved reading this post, thanks! I am really excited to get up and going with this.

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WINNIE1978 6/9/2012 6:43AM

    I've been running slow since I started running because I'm trying to build up my endurance... I'm not super worried about my time right now. I've also noticed that the days when I do go faster and push harder I still end up with about the same time/distance as when I just go slower and enjoy the run. Weird, huh?

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/8/2012 6:20PM

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TAMTAMM 6/8/2012 8:33AM

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JENNAAW 6/8/2012 7:29AM

    Totally love your post; you are doing an awesome job! I would so love to get myself to a similar point!

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KBRADFORD88 6/7/2012 10:27PM

    slow runs work.

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ZZYYGGY2 6/7/2012 6:32PM

    Great job. Keep on running.

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GOING-STRONG 6/7/2012 6:24PM

    I'm a slow runner also... but every now and then I will do a run with intervals where I go as fast as I can for about a minute then slow back down to my normal pace. If I did that all the time I would HATE running. Earlier this year I was able to do a Half Marathon without any walking by taking a slow easy running approach. A year ago I never would have believed that possible. Oh.. wanted to mention that I got some special two ply running socks at REI. They were spendy (I think about $15-16) but they are blisterproof. Invest in a couple of pairs and you (and your feet!) will be happy you did.

Spark on!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/7/2012 4:48PM

    emoticon Very Nice!

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SANDEBUE 6/7/2012 2:55PM

    Can't run at all...never have....always hated running. I'll look for the book.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/7/2012 2:46PM

    WTG!! And congrats on training for the half marathon - I just ran my first half marathon this past Saturday!

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PRSPLACE 6/7/2012 2:41PM

    thanks for posting! very inspiring!

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NWFL59 6/7/2012 10:45AM

    Loved your description of how you felt and motivated yourself to push through and continue on. I can so relate to those feelings and find myself reacting to my own exercise program similar some days. Its a constant struggle but I enjoy the rewards once I'm done and in a more positive frame of mind. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOTOFIT 6/7/2012 10:16AM

    emoticon nice!

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SUSANSIXTYFIVE 6/7/2012 9:56AM

  I found your comments very helpful. I'm 65, I just started Spark People and I ran three times so far without any instructions. I was going very slowly but not feeling very good about my pace. I kept thinking that it wasn't really running if I was going this slowly and I couldn't help comparing myself to the many runners who would pass me by on the boardwalk. So, now I'm going to get that book that you recommend and run even slower, so that I'm not out of breath at all. Thanks so much.

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PATSYJ 6/7/2012 9:41AM

  THANK YOU for this reminder! I NEVER EVER could run when I was a kid as I was always winded and got side stitches. (I'm pretty confident I have asthma but slow running is possible.) I tried running again at 40 and the #1 thing that allowed me to actually enjoy running was to SLOW DOWN. And you are right, it feels like you could walk faster sometimes but as long as you can go slow and not stop. It is such an awesome feeling the first time I ran (I like the term plod rather than run) 2 miles without stopping. And your're right about time too - running slow without stopping vs. running fast and stopping to catch your breath = same time and more enjoyable! :)

I needed this boost today as i'm just getting back into running again. I will look for the book.



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MELOSPARKLE 6/7/2012 9:40AM

    GREAT job!!!

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LNTSMOM 6/7/2012 9:27AM

  Way to go!! I also just started learning to run and I'm loving it! I did my first 3 miles without stopping last Sat during my first 5K and now it just motivates me to keep going. Yesterday I ran 3 miles & shaved 2 minutes off my normal time. I do find my first couple of miles to be my hardest but after that I'm good to go.

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LDMCNIEL 6/7/2012 9:12AM

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/7/2012 9:05AM

    I've considered taking up running for a while but there's part of me that hates the thought of it. After reading this though, I'm seriously tempted to give it a go. Maybe if I can get my hands on that book.
Thanks for sharing, your blog's really inspirational.

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ANDRAYAYA 6/7/2012 8:50AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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VIRGINIASR 6/7/2012 8:40AM

  Thank you for an inspirational account that I read twice. As a 64-year-old-runner-wanna-be, I feel empowered.

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BUFFALOKAY 6/7/2012 8:08AM

    Thanks for sharing your discovery. Best of luck on the HM training.
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STEPHLOKI 6/7/2012 7:45AM

    LOL, you must have been so puzzled by this realization! I also remember being totally surprised that a slow run and a run-walk-run can give you the same results in the end.

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REGILIEH 6/7/2012 6:52AM

    WTG!!!

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NYKIMMIE 6/7/2012 6:42AM

    I just got clearance from the dr to start running,yeah. Thanks for the tip about the book,i will look at the library today. Awesome blog!

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SPIRIT42013 6/7/2012 12:52AM

    I use to love to run! I hope that I lose enough weight to be able to run safely!

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SRHALLIN 6/6/2012 10:23PM

    Awesome! Congratulations on running 3 miles in one go. I'm officially jealous! :D Great tips for beginning runners, though. I'll try them out as circumstances permit!

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TXGRANDMA 6/6/2012 9:35PM

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POETLKNG2LOSE 6/6/2012 8:54PM

    That is great! I was running for a while myself until i hurt my foot. Want to start again if my ankle ever stops swelling up.

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WICHYWOMAN 6/6/2012 7:47PM

    Nice!! I've 'run' a half marathon earlier this year and did no formal training for it. My avg. mile was a 14 min. mile and I DID walk a good chunk of it. I've been quite frustrated with not being able to run consistently for more than short distances.
Your description is the first time I've 'got' it in going slower. People that say "Run slower" don't make sense to me b/c I think "how slow is slow?" I will try the idea of fast walking! Tomorrow when I go out.
Keep it up!! If I can do it w/o the training then I know you can!!!

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CROETHLE1 6/6/2012 7:47PM

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TUPPERWARE1 6/6/2012 6:36PM

    I think you should shout I did it.Way to go! emoticon

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SBNORMAL 6/6/2012 5:56PM

  WoW!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/6/2012 5:53PM

    great job

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THATWIFE1 6/6/2012 5:15PM

  That is AWESOME! I hate getting on the treadmill, and have started to run outside by my house has a huge hill n gravel and first day HATED it- I will do what you did- slow down. There is a run on the 30th- 3 miles-YIKES! But I'm going to make myself do it just to prove to myself I can! Thanks for the honest inspiration.

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ALMACAN 6/6/2012 4:31PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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TISTEN23 6/6/2012 2:39PM

    Great!!! That is awesome, sorry about the blister though!!!

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MYLAUREN2 6/6/2012 2:37PM

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TOTALFOCUS 6/6/2012 1:41PM

    Great job! emoticon

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TMOORE073 6/6/2012 1:26PM

    Finally a holiday for Runners! Happy National Running Day! emoticon emoticon

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