Running Hard

Since I realized in my last post on running (ah, so that’s what the rhetoricians mean when they say discovery writing) that I was supposed to have run 20 minutes without stopping and that in that 20 minutes I was supposed to have run two miles, I decided I would run longer today. I determined that I would do whatever it took to get two miles, preferably running all the way.

I didn’t run this morning. I told R when I went to run this afternoon that I could blame my inability on the heat. (It’s 80.)

So, I went to run. I ran 10 minutes, walked 1 minute, ran 13 minutes, walked 1 minute, and ran 4 minutes. (Well, take 10 seconds off that last one really.) So 28 minutes and 50 seconds to jog two miles.

I did try to run faster. I ran three sets of 20 second hard runs in each of my long running sections, for a total of 2 whole minutes of actual running.

The good news is that 2 miles is the distance I have been doing and I was doing it in 32 minutes. So I’ve shaved 3 minutes off my time for the last two weeks.

Thoughts on this:
I don’t think I’m quite up to running 20 minutes without stopping yet. But maybe… I’ll try tomorrow.
I’m certainly nowhere near 25 minutes for 2.5 miles.
I have five more weeks to improve my time and distance.
And I have to remember that I can jog and I can run and I have improved.
I will continue to improve as long as I keep doing it.