Iâ€™m running again. Well, more like jogging.Â Really, if weâ€™re going to be honest, itâ€™s a lope. Ok, a shuffle. Still, Iâ€™m moving. Besides the usual motivations, I saw something on Facebook this week that got me in the mood. Some second cousins are doing a 5K in honor of their father, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. I decided to join them. The event is called Dash for Detection and itâ€™s philanthropic goal is to raise money to create an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. Can you believe there isnâ€™t one? And by the time anyone gets diagnosed with this form of the Big C, the prognosis is almost always super grim. If youâ€™d like to help, you can donate on my page: http://DashForDetection2011.kintera.org/debmoran.
But, back to the running thing. I saw this post on Facebook on Tuesday of this past week. I checked my trusty training guide (http://www.halhigdon.com/5K%20Training/5-Knovice.htm), and realized I would have to start with week 3 if I was to get to the end of the 8 week training regimen in time for the run. Oy. Luckily for me, the first day was a possible rest day, so I started with the 2 mile run on the treadmill that very day. Itâ€™s been a while, so I had to run/walk it. But, I did it. I think it took me almost an hour. I started thinking, â€œThis is going to be a LOOOOOONG 5K.â€
I continued through the week, slowly increasing my speed. REALLY slowly. Â All the while, praying for good weekend weather so I could get outside for my â€œlongâ€ run on Saturday. Thatâ€™s today. Upper 40s and sunny this morning. The only downside was a bit of wind. I took off around 10am, and, based on my treadmill work, I thought Iâ€™d be lucky to finish in under an hour.Â Especially with the wind. Â I did recall that itâ€™s very different running on land vs. hamster wheel, but I forgot just how different. Itâ€™s sometimes tough to pace oneself on land. Obviously, the treadmill does the pacing for you. That in and of itself can be difficult. Running a consistent pace is not so easy, even on the perfectly flat â€œterrainâ€ of the machine. But, outside, the variations in land lead to variations in pace that can actually help speed the overall pace. And, thus, I finished in 39:09. Now, those of you who run and are in better shape may think, â€œReally? Whatâ€™s so exciting about that?â€ Well, for me, itâ€™s the thrill of being under a 20 minute mile. Yep. You read that right. Everyoneâ€™s got to (re)start somewhere.
More on my observations in the next post.
Left. Right. Repeat.