Tuesday, December 04, 2012
A co-worker is jumping back on the fitness bandwagon, and we were discussing his first time back on the running track. He did 2 miles - a big undertaking after not running for a while - and we were discussing how it went for him. He said the first mile was just a slow jog, about 8:30 min. My jaw dropped. And it brought home to me once again the fact that I am a slow and steady turtle, and that just has to be okay, because that's the way it is. My 10 minute miles aren't anything to brag about, but I try to take comfort in the fact that I can do those 10 minute miles for a LOT of miles in a row! I also have to take into account that the guy is 13 years younger than me, and that's bound to make a difference. Granted, in a race situation, or when I really work it, I can get down to 9 minute miles, but I still am not gonna set any land-speed records.
I know the important thing is to get out there and do it, and it's counterproductive to compare myself to anybody, but jiminy Christmas, I'd love to shave more than a minute off my mile! I guess I need to be happy with lower cholesterol, slower resting heart rate and all the other health benefits I reap from regular exercise.