Wednesday, January 20, 2010
After reading a bunch of blogs, including INSPIRED-ONE, talking about Sparkers getting out and running, I felt the longing to get back out & run deepen. I've written responses congratulating other Sparkers for their accomplishments and followed-it up with commenting on how "I can't wait to get back out and start back up my 5k training once the weather gets warmer." Yeah, my asthma gets aggravated by cold air, but when I use my inhaler it's better. Today, I was mulling over what cardio I was going to do. I wanted to try out the route mapping feature and came up with a 2.14 out & back that has a bunch of hills. I figured I could start out just walking the whole thing.
However, I walked from my house to the corner and considered that part of the route has a decent downhill section that I would probably end up jogging out of momentum. Then, I took stock of how I felt and decided I would attempt to jog the first 1.07 miles out and then walk the return 1.07 miles. My first leg took 13:00 and my second leg took 20 minutes. 2.14 miles in 33 minutes. My run averaged a 12:15 minute mile. This is the fastest mile I've run yet. Yes, there were downhills, but I was careful to shorten my stride and slow my run on the downhill. There were also some uphills on my run, as well. The walk back was largely uphill & steep. I'm glad I decided in advance that I was probably going to walk the second leg. While walking uphill, I was thinking of how ALLYNMC must feel during her Tower Run training.
When I arrived at the stopping point, I felt like I could have gone a little further. Since I haven't run a distance of any length since probably last summer, I decided to err on the side of caution and not push it on my first time back out. I felt great while I was running. My form was decent. I was IN THE ZONE. I can't wait to get back out.