I am trying to get back to running on a regular basis — the holidays and the weather and other busyness (too many excuses, Dale) have gotten in the way. It was a beautiful day today, even though it started out cool. By the time I went out running it was a beautiful, sunny, late-fall day. “Why not forgo the long-sleeve running shirt, since it’s so nice,” I thought to myself. So, that’s what I did — just running shorts and a wicking running shirt. The temps were in the mid-40’s and the sun was shining — that was until we got to the park. The sun decided to hide behind the clouds and a fall breeze blew in. The first mile and a half was cold — I struggled with a muscle that was tight — my thought as I started the run, was just to have fun running 5 miles. I made good time on the first lap — so I pushed on. The next two laps were slower, but by the fourth lap I was feeling better and was able to push the tempo once again, so much so that I completed the final lap the fastest in 14:10 for 1.36 miles. My total time was 1:00:03 for 5.56 miles, which equals my fastest 5-1/2 mile run. Not bad, considering I have been slacking lately. My goal is to maintain, until it gets warm again and then begin training for a half-marathon. I’d like to get 3 to 4 five mile runs in each week until then.
Still Pressing On!