Me, graduating with my PhD in clinical psychology at the age of 45...living the above quotation.Okay...Today has been a full one indeed. I do wonder how I'll manage to include those longer training runs more than once a week into my schedule. I only work in the evening today, so I had all day, or so I thought. But then I realized I had yet one more report to write (I had forgotten about that one), so I did that this morning. When that was done it was almost lunch time, but I decided to go for my run first.
No outdoor run today, I'm off to the gym
Don't forget the water!
And a banana, which I ate in the car on my way there. The gym is about 5 minutes from my house, which makes it an easy option if an outdoor run is not ideal.
It's on days like today that I am reminded of my novice level as a runner. The guy next to me had already been on the treadmill a while (or so it seemed by the look of his t-shirt) and his pace was, well, it was much faster than mine. You'll notice that I haven't mentioned my times yet...I am trying not to worry about my time for now and focus on just being able to run for a long time without too much pain (physical and psychological).
But if you must know, I run a 12 minute mile...when I run for half an hour, that's 2.5 miles (that would be 4K for me, which at least sounds longer).
So, I'm a beginner! I know I've made lots of progress since I started less than six months ago, but as I was running my 4K today it didn't feel easy and I was thinking that I really wished that I could just float along without effort when I run (especially short distances). I always feel better on long runs (cause I'm so proud of myself maybe), but also because it's like I reach a point where I feel like I could go on forever...I love that!
I don't have time to reach that point on my shorter runs, so I find them more effortful.
But most importantly, after every run I feel great. I used to take a short 30 minute nap in the afternoons when I was working in the evening, but these days, I go for a run, and somehow, I feel just as refreshed. Now THAT is wonderful!
Daily training log
4K run on the treadmill
10 minutes of stretching after