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I keep seeing the quote “Even a bad run is better than no run at all.” It’s really true. Today’s run was not so great, but after looking at some of the data, I wouldn’t even call it “bad.” It just didn’t go how I’d wanted.

I took off on my usual route, planning to run 30 minutes, and I got through most of it. I was probably somewhere around 22-24 minutes in when I just couldn’t do it. I slowed to a walk. I figured that if I caught my breath and started back up, I’d be able to run the rest. Nope. I ran and stopped two more times. Finally ending the running portion of my workout after 28:13.

I was pretty disappointed until I looked at the details that Runkeeper had recorded. First of all, 28 minutes of mostly running is not too bad. According to the estimate of calories burned, I hadn’t done too badly, either. It wasn’t as much as usual, but still over 300. Then I looked at my average pace. It came out as 10:29 per mile. On my run that went fine yesterday, I was at 10:26. I thought it was a little odd, considering that the 10:29 average also took into account the three times I stopped to walk. I solved the mystery of why I hit that wall, though – I had gone too fast through part of my run and used up all of my energy.

I figured out when it happened when it finally occurred to me to look at the splits.

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Um yeah. Mile 2. I still don’t know that much about running, but it is was my assumption that a 10 minute mile was not competitive, but a respectable and very average time. J. acted like it was a big deal that I ran a sub-10 minute mile in there. It’s a big deal to me (and clearly why my body gave out on me), but it doesn’t seem like it should be that big in comparison to other more experienced runners. But I don’t know.

I’m not in this for speed – at least not for now. In fact, I’m still struggling to try and figure out how to keep my pace steady and relatively slow so I can go longer. That’s really hard! I’ve also noticed that it is hard for me to slow myself down when I feel like I’m going faster than what is sustainable. So weird. All this to say that I’m am still very much a beginner.

Tomorrow is going to be a much-needed rest day. Rest day still means walking three miles, but that’s nothing now that I run that much most days. It feels like taking it easy. I’m so glad spring is here.

Oh, and that playlist I made yesterday – so fun. It reminds me of being a teenager, which in the form of nostalgia, is way more fun than it actually was. 🙂

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March 21, 2014 at 8:07 am

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Running for ice cream

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I ran my 30 minutes this morning – a little more slowly this time. It was a bit better today. I guess that’s partly because I was going slower and partly because I am getting used to it. A few hours later, I walked the same loop with a friend (and Z in a stroller), so I got in a good six miles on the greenway today. I met my Fitbit step goal (11,500) before noon, and it’s currently at 18,160. I have also supposedly burned over 2,500 calories. Whoa. I’m incredibly tired, but not sore or anything like that.

I try and get in a walk with my friend once a week, usually on my non-running day, but we haven’t gotten to do the whole loop of the greenway lately because it’s usually so cold. Normally we walk the tiny track in the community center and don’t do more than two miles because it’s kind of boring in there. Since better weather is on the way, I’m thinking I’m going to add in more walks. It sounds a little excessive, but if it’s not injuring me, I don’t see why it would be a problem. I guess it will just depend on how much time I have.

Thanks to all of the walking and running, I had a milkshake at Bobbie’s Dairy Dip and didn’t feel the least bit guilty about it. I run for ice cream, y’all.

I was changing clothes today and caught my first glimpse of some needed change. I mean, I can tell overall that I’m losing weight and taking on a shape other than blob, but I really hadn’t picked up on anything specific before today. Anyway, I noticed that the love handles have shrunken down considerably. Hopefully they’ll be totally gone in time for bathing suit weather. It surprised me because I really haven’t lost much weight lately. Maybe I’m just trading fat for muscle.

Don't trust the scale. Trust your jeans.

I’m also seeing a little muscle tone and less fat in my bicep area, which is good. I’ve avoided tank tops for the last couple of years because of my arms, but they’re getting better. I haven’t focused much on upper body exercises or anything other than running for a variety of reasons, but I plan on getting to it. I’m doing ok at throwing in a few crunches and half push-ups every day or every other day, and I suspect the latter must be what’s helping my arms.

It looks like I’ll be doing the Richland Creek Run the weekend after The Color Run. I’d been interested in it long before I ever gave serious thought to running, but I didn’t think I should do it this year because it’s 5 miles. However, a friend who had registered mentioned today that she wasn’t going to be able to make it, so I decided what the hell, and now her registration will be transferred to me. I’m just going to try and run my usual 30 minutes – or more if I feel like I can – and walk the balance. More than half of the course is on or near the greenway route I run almost every morning, so hopefully that will make me more comfortable with it.

The problem with this whole running thing is that now I want to sign up for ALL THE 5Ks, but MONEY. I’m super interested in doing the Country Music Mini Marathon (a 5k), but it’s $65 per participant at this point. I’m looking into a free registration that might be available (sorry, St. Jude – I’d give you a million dollars if I had it), so we’ll see. There are only 1,500 spots for that one, so I’m wondering if I can even do it if I don’t hurry up and register. The half marathon is definitely on my list for 2015 or 2016, but obviously I can’t do that this year. The marathon? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah right.

As an aside, I just want to clarify that I don’t really go for what my beloved hometown calls country music these days. That’s kind of the way it goes when you grow up in Nashville. 🙂

I listened to the playlist I made that I mentioned yesterday. Um, LOVE IT. Good job, me. I need to start thinking about the next one, I guess. I want to get the most out of what I have left of Spotify Premium before it expires.

Oh shit, I am so tired.

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My legs are fine today, but I forgot that today is one of my rest days. That’s lucky because it is suddenly cold again, which sucks. I am capable of running in the cold now, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

I walk with a friend once a week on one of my non-running days, so that’s on the agenda for tomorrow. When it’s cold like this, we go to the nearest community center, and we usually only do a couple of miles because the track is boring. The community center is brand new and really nice, but the track is small and it takes 20 laps to make a mile. It’s monotonous. On the plus side, I strap a nearly 30-pound child to my chest on our indoor walking days, so I’m guessing that burns more calories than pushing the stroller.

I really hate rest days! I feel lazy. I feel fat, too. That may have something to do with the soy sauce I used with my lunch, though. In any case, running is my best “me time” of the day, so they days I don’t do it suck a little.

Running is quality time with me

I’ve really been enjoying my last running playlist, but I figured I should change it up a little for my next run. Since that run won’t be until Thursday, I figured I’d give it a Throwback Thursday theme and use some older songs. I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it, so I don’t know how enjoyable it will be, but here it is: