Almost, but not quite

Yesterday I went for my first run in over a week. Due to various project commitments and a mild back strain, I ended up taking more time off than I should. My goal is to run at least twice a week, but three would be preferred.

Anyway, back at it I went yesterday. Not gonna lie: it was not easy. Usually I run for 30 min and I find the first 10 min are awful, the middle 10 pretty awesome, and the last 10, hard but not painful. Yesterday? Pretty much every minute hurt. I kept looking at the clock (I was on a treadmill) and I swear it took 10 seconds for each second to pass.

My music playlist wasn’t stellar and I ended up switching songs more often than I should, disrupting the flow and generally making me pretty cranky. Note to self: tonight, fix playlist.

The first 10 minutes, as usual, hurt. I’m pretty slow to warm up, and I don’t think this is going to change anytime soon. I started at a speed of 5.5. At the 10 min mark, I upped it to 6.3. At the 20 min mark, I put it down to 6. And at the 25 min mark, it went back down to 5.5

The 10-20 min range was not good my friends. This is the time I usually am able to zone out and enjoy The Run. Nope, not yesterday. Yesterday it was all about “how many more minutes left?” and “why am I doing this to myself?”

Surprisingly, 20-30 min range wasn’t terrible. I find playing with speeds distracts me too.

Anyway, after 30 min, I had run 3 miles on the dot, which was 4.8K. Almost my goal…but not quite.

Things to work on before my next run:

  • Better running playlist (open to suggestions!)
  • Not taking so much time off in between runs (not helpful)

About Christine

Christine is the co-owner of Manley Mann Media and on the Board of Directors for the Islanders By Choice Alliance. In her spare time, Christine enjoys a good cup of coffee, an excellent book, and a square of chocolate (to off-set her love of food, she also enjoys various exercise endevours!).
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1 Response to Almost, but not quite

  1. Andy Roberts says:

    On my treadmill walks I made a point of a) setting up my playlist before I got started (and sticking with it no matter what), and b) not looking at the clock at all. In fact, I used to set the stopwatch on my phone and then turn it face-down so I wouldn’t be distracted.

    Essentially, I think there’s a natural rhythm, an inner cadence where all the body’s frequencies harmonise. iPods, clocks, speed settings – they’re all distractions from this.

    Challenge for the week: do a run without your iPod.

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