One interesting thing about the heat…the local park is a lot more crowded at 6am. Hell, today I got there just before 6 for my run, and there were two guys there who had clearly just finished and were about to leave.
I’ve been running for, oh, six weeks now – after swearing I’d never do such a thing unless violent death was threatened for myself or my loved ones. Now, I can’t say I’m exactly a nut about it…I haven’t made the telltale subscription to Runner’s World or created logins for running forums or anything like that…but I’m liking it.
What I’ve found is that I respond much better to a distance-goal than a time-goal. Running for 45 minutes seems a lot less boring than it was watching the timer count down from 30 minutes on the cross-trainer. And on the cross-trainer, I not only had my iPod, but also a TV and usually a book to boot.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s still damned hard to drag my ass out of bed at 5:30 in the morning, even on days like today when it has been four…five?…days since I last ran. Days in which I may or may not have ordered a Large combo cheeseburger at a fast food joint, for example, and relished every last bite of those peppered fries.
But I’m almost to the point of being able to run that full 3.5 miles without stopping to walk. And these being some significantly hilly miles, I think that’s pretty cool. In talking to a former-runner coworker on Friday, she encouraged me to think about the local Triple Crown next year – a 5k, 5-mile, and 10-mile package. She was thoroughly convinced that by the spring I’d be ready to rock.
I told her I’d decide on that when I could run the 5k without stopping. But I have to admit – as a goal, it’s good motivation.
As is putting on my pants this morning and noticing, wow, these really are pretty loose!