Day 34 — Reality, Meet Talia. Talia, Reality.

March 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm 3 comments

Day: 34
Miles: 4
Time: 1 hour, 0 minutes, 16.63 seconds
Feeling: Like the bike path will never end.

I had big plans for today’s run. I didn’t go to my group run, so I was going to keep up with the training and do 7 miles on my own.

Yes, you read that correctly. Seven.

Kris had mentioned a bike path that was good to run on not far from my house. So I figured I’d give it a shot.

Between dodging people with strollers, the winding road, the wind and my apparently out of shape respiratory system, it was really hard. I started out at a good clip — probably 10:30 or 11 minute mile (It was at 11:30 when I thought to look a little after the one mile mark), so I was pleased with that. But the rest of the run was pretty hard. I got discouraged for a minute that I wasn’t able to run even as much as I normally do on the treadmill, but I knew better than to get too down on myself.

Sidenote: Take a moment right now and check out that time up top. I’ll wait.


Yeah. That says an hour plus. To do 4 miles. A distance I can usually do on the treadmill in like 40-45 minutes. Do you know how humbling that is? That means that if I continue to run at that pace, it will take me FOUR HOURS to finish this half marathon.

Alright, end sidenote. Back to the story.

So I tried to run as much as I could — though I did stop for a good long stretch on the way back — because I figured the only way to get to a point where I could run the whole thing is to stop stopping. That worked only marginally well. I was starting and stopping what felt like every few minutes.

When I got to the end — 4.2 miles — I considered my options. I’d thought maybe around mile 2 that I could just run back 1/2 way and then back to my car, to get my full 7 or at least 6 miles in. But as I got to the end of the trail, I knew that dream was already dead.

So I got in my car and went home.

Few things I’ve learned  here.

  1. I REALLY REALLY need to run outside.
  2. I will only get better if I stop stopping and push through when it gets tiring.
  3. Apparently, your hip can go numb. Mine did around mile 2.8 and it freaked me out. I kept poking my hip with my nail and I could kind of feel it, but not as much as I should have. It worried me. Then the feeling came back, so I figured it couldn’t have been that bad.
  4. I thought I was doing good by eating 2 bananas in the hours leading up to my run. That would have been good if I’d already eaten breakfast and lunch as well. I need to stop setting myself up for hunger failure.
  5. Did I mention that running on a trail is different from running on a treadmill? Yeah. A lot different.

Up for tomorrow — I might try 7 again, but I might stick with 4 or 5 instead. But if I can, I’m going to try to do it outside. Definitely next week I’ll be heading outdoors. Because I can’t keep getting little kidded every time I start running outside.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jameil  |  March 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Treadmills are notorious tricksters. You feel like you can do way more on those than you really can. I would tell you to get outside… but I live in Florida… so… But the point, don’t sweat your time. Is not at this point the point to get it done rather than make yourself crazy w/the time? You’re doing a great job! The thought of me getting through 4 miles is hilarious!

  • 2. Katie  |  March 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I totally agree with you that running on a treadmill does not at all translate into miles on the road. When I first started getting back into running I was only doing the treadmill and got up to about 45 minutes or so and the first day I tried running around my neighborhood I could barely make it a mile! It was quite discouraging. So, it is definitely a good idea to run outside as much as you can…..doesn’t matter how fast you go as long as the miles get completed 🙂 It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

  • […] After work last night, I decided to run, even though it was getting dark. I set off to run outside after that unpleasant showing on the bike path. […]


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