Day 14 – Four miles and lessons learned

February 14, 2010 at 9:54 am 2 comments

Day: 14
Miles: 4
Time: about 52 minutes
Feeling: Strong, yet lazy.

First, I forgot to write about yesterday’s training. I’ll do that a little later.

I just finished my group run for today and we did a whopping 4 miles! Yay me!
A few things I learned on my run today:

  • Don’t stop at the bottom of the Henderson Bridge: our route will eventually take us into Seekonk, but today, we just went to the end of the Henderson Bridge. I was proud because I made it. So at the turn around point. I paused, intended to get my bearings and start the trip back. Bad idea. As I turned around, a steady hill — not too steep, but the entire length of the bridge, it seemed — stared back at me. It took me a minute or so of walking to get up the momentum to start running. So next time – note to self – don’t stop there.
  • Vaseline helps! I’m sure I looked a little greasy today, but after my first run, I felt like the wind was literally whipping my face as I ran. So I put a thin layer of Vaseline on my face before I went on my run today. A little greasy, but as I sit here on my couch now, my face feels good and moisturized. Success.
  • It gets easier. Not necessarily fun, but it was easier today.
  • Make up in your mind that you will go the whole way. There are so many of us running different distances during the group run, I was almost unsure how far we were supposed to go. Well, I knew we were to do 4 miles. But everyone coach was talking about three, and I was kind of hoping that he’d decreased our mileage. I double checked. He hadn’t. So when I stepped out onto the street, I already made up that I was going to run four miles today. it might not be pretty, but it was going to get done. And I did.
  • Stop your watch. I bought my nifty stopwatch — which is helpful because I was encouraged to find I ran my first mile in 11 minutes!!! — but I forgot to stop it when I crossed the finish mark. I grabbed something to drink and was listening to people talk when I realized my watch was still going. I stopped it at about 52 minutes. But I’ll say I was lollygagging for at least 2 minutes. That’s not too bad, right?
  • Run your race. I know, I know, race cliche. But coach was saying before we left to not compare yourself to other people — something I have a habit of doing all the time. So I tried to stop that today. I ran at my pace (even though it was a little slower than the main pack), and when I was alone, I stopped when I needed to and caught my breath. As a result, I felt better because I wasn’t feeling pressure to keep up with everyone else.
  • Make a playlist. Did I mention my “Stronger” playlist goes hard?

Alright, I’m going to try to squeeze in a quick nap before I go to church. Which is really just me being lazy.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. G.D.  |  February 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    it does get easier. i have friends who say they hate running, but i always argue that they just haven’t done it enough. you’ll be banging four miles out with complete ease in the near future, and it won’t feel like work, it’ll just feel…sexy, for lack of a better word. a nice sheen on your skin, an insistent heart beat, and all your senses turned up to ten. it feels like being alive.

    Reply
    • 2. taliabuford  |  February 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      it feels like being alive.

      Wow. I want that. So I guess I’ll keep running.

      Reply

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