I can’t figure out what type of runner I am. Or how to go from where I am to where I want to be.
I love doing tempo runs and interval training. Short, intense, over.
I can run an 8:30 mile four times, but with a break between each mile or two.
15 minutes of sprinting on the treadmill with 10 sec on/10 sec off… no problem.
But at the same time, I can run forever, in 2 mile chunks or if I go slowly, but I get bored.
It is a little frustrating, actually. I’ll do a 5k at a pretty good clip, but by the end of the run I am dead. When I run at a slower pace, my body feels awkward and disjointed like I’m one of those animated clay figures in an old Christmas special… (fast forward to 1:03)
I think ultimately I’m made to run fast, but I’m not in good enough condition to run fast for an extended period of time yet. Annoying. In the mean time, while I’m trying to ramp up the miles, maybe I should just slow down and figure out how to do that whole “pacing” thing.
So… there it is, my body feels awkward.
Welcoming pacing tips for building up distance if you have them!
On the schedule: Running a 5k a day. I’ve done 2 outside on hilly courses – both have been right under 31 minutes. The 2 done inside on the treadmill have been closer to the 29 minute mark.
Theory: The more “5k a day”s I do, the easier and faster they’ll become, giving me room to add on another mile (or 10, eventually!)
Confession: Due to travel and other worthless excuses, I worked out about 40% less in September than in the past 6 months. Not fun to rebound from, but at the gym last night (5k run + 2 mile treadmill “hike” on a 10 incline + some arms and abs) I realized how GOOD it felt to be active again.
Conclusion: Endorphins are worth it. Not falling off track again!
Keep an eye out for the big 6 month weight loss announcement soon 🙂