Back in my hilly neighborhood, I decided to run a shorter course that’s a little less “inclined” than the full subdivision run. Like my last run, this allowed me to focus more on how far I’m running and less on the time.
I wasn’t necessarily striving to hit the 2 mile mark again, but I did want to get close. I ran 1.5 miles in about 18 minutes. I might could have paced myself better to put in more time, but I really wanted to hit that 1.5 mile mark.
Ran the same small route as Monday night and put 20 minutes on the stopwatch. Wanted to at least do the same time/distance as I did Monday night and figured an extra two minutes of running would be okay.
Pretty much landed right at the same point – 1.5 miles in 18 minutes. The extra two minutes of running the back end of the route didn’t push me much over 1.5 since I was practically crawling by then. This shorter route is pushing me much harder than the long run around the neighborhood and I’d like to hit the 2 mile/20 minute level next. I’ve still got a long way to go!
Kristen went to Dallas for the weekend and I was moping around the house about not getting in my third run when she said,
“Um, you remember we have a membership to Woodcreek, right?”
So, after she left, I took the kids to the gym and hit the cardio cinema. (Running indoors while watching a move feels a little like cheating. It also feels awesome.) Like most folks, I ran way better when I have a pace set for me, so I figured the gym session would be better.
I picked a 40 minute ‘program’ and ran over three miles. Hit the three mile mark at 36 minutes, which isn’t super fast, but it’s probably the most I’ve run since I started this. In retrospect, I think I would have done better just to set the treadmill and ran instead of running a program with preset incline and speed changes…that was a hassle and messed my pace up, but I know it was good for me. Toward the end, I canceled the program and just ran it out.
I’m glad I did it!