28 minutes of Jogging
Some say “running”. I think at my pace, I’m still definitely a “jogger”, but I don’t slow to a walk. The jogging theory means I’m saving some of my knees for my 40s, not that I like to go slow. (Using Podrunner Interval, free online for those of you just catching up). The 5K I had in mind for a training goal was canceled, but that’s alright. I”m almost there now anyway. It still served to motivate me.
Since I started, it’s great to note little changes in progress. I used to time my walk-run intervals to see how much longer I had to go…going from one minute to three was a huge jump. From three to five was a miracle. From five to eight was downright crazy. At 20, I lost my mind, and almost vowed to never run again. I told my husband he could put on my tombstone if it turned out to kill me: “She ran 20 minutes straight once.” And I would have been proud.
Today, I ran my first 28 minutes straight. I don’t know how far it was…I double back, and the trail is only marked every mile. To see the next mile marker, I’d have to run 2 miles there and 2 miles back. Yikes. I’ll do that someday. But, today, I think I ran around 3 miles. Which is an all time high for me. Being back on the trail rather than the sidewalks of Nashville was a nice treat today! No watching for traffic and waiting on lights!
I had to finish chores at home and wait for the wind to die down from morning. Ate. Ran. Got home, washed off, ran back to school to get the kids, and am now home smelling a roast slow cook. It’s a good day. Far to go still, but a great fall day! Leaves are beginning to wow me, and I just LOVE that time of year!