I know, you think I am crazy. Well, most of you anyway.
But I haven't been able to run since November of 2001... until just this past September. I couldn't even run to get out of the way of an oncoming car or to beat out the meter-maid over an expired parking meter... or to chase down an escaping child bound for a busy street. It sucked. When you sit out the game for that long you really learn to appreciate it ALL. Running in the pouring rain. Running hills. Running alone. Running in the dark... alone. Running in bad pants. Time trials. Speedwork. Racing drunken bums. How badly you smell when it's all over. EVERYTHING.
I am working on being even in my 'easy' runs. Here is how it all went down yesterday afternoon:
9:36 first mile
9:36 second mile
9:37 third mile [there is a little bit extra to add in (see below)... needed to do 25 minutes out n' back]
- 4:43 from 2-2.5 mile marks painted on the ground
- 2:56 little extra at the turn around because I was supposed to be running 50 minutes
- 4:54 from 2.5-2 mile marks ... return trip
9:34 fourth mile (4:41, 4:53)
9:29 fifth mile (4:48, 4:41)
total 50:47 for 5.3 miles
The funnest part was that I dragged the family along. Bikes, scooters, strollers. Everyone came. No one complained... that was the bestest part of all! They even said they had fun... all of them! I think this was the first time ever in the history of our family that this has happened.
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