ORN:Sunday; 5.2 miles, R3/W2, 10:53 pace
Sunday: 2 miles, 2/2
Tuesday: 3 miles, 3/1, 10:22 pace
It is fun to be encouraged about running again!
I just finished my fourth consecutive week of consistent running. That hasn’t happened since September. I’ve missed it.
So far, I’m quite pleased with the Brooks Beasts I bought last Friday. Yeeeeesh, they are big shoes. I put them on and feel as if I should add a red nose and a wig and just BE a clown, since I already have the feet for the act. Yet they are very comfortable while running and don’t feel big. Best of all, I’m having no discomfort from the ITB. And, that’s key.
I’m also getting used to (and liking) the run/walk routine. With many thanks to advice from Michelle of The Back of the Pack, I’m starting with a low ratio and gradually working up. What has surprised me very much is the overall pace I’m doing, even with the walking. The target now will be to get to an 8/1 or 9/1 ratio, but we’ll see how it goes.
With this encouraging news, I’m going to run a race this Saturday! The local YMCA has a training series for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the huge half marathon in Indy on May 5. The 10km event is this week. $5 entry fee for a small, no-frills, local 10K. Very cool. While it will be fun to be in a race, I’m mostly interested in starting to get used to the psychology of the run/walk in a race. Particularly the ego-bruising of being passed every time I walk. But, man, it is fun to have a race to look forward to.
And, to top it all off, I got up to run this morning and the thermometer said 38F. Well, according to my temperature chart, that is the threshold for wearing shorts! So, out I went, with 17” of snow still on the ground (though it is melting) and I ran in shorts. It was invigorating. And, at 5:30am, probably made a few drivers wonder if they should get a double shot cappuccino on the way to work.