Today is my one year anniversary of running.
Wow, what a year. I started running last March 25. I weighed 220 lbs on that day after completing the first leg of my diet. I ran 1.5 miles in a 12:44 pace. The next day I did run 2 miles at about the same pace. So in one year, I went from running 2 miles every other day to running 35-45 miles a week, 6 days a week. It really amazes me as I look back on how far I have come. I am thankful and I hope I can continue this journey for a long time.
So yesterday was my long run day and it went fairly well. I ran 10 miles in just under a 9 minute pace. I must say I was spent by the end of the run. I was still sore from the workouts I did last week, but I was able to complete my goal. I read an article yesterday saying that most runners run too fast for their easy workouts. It said that the research shows that running 80% of runs at an easy pace and 20% at a tempo or fast pace is the best way to build up endurance and speed. By running most runs at a fast pace, people are not only open to getting injured more often, but also do not perform as well in races. So I took the advice, turned off the audio on my app, and just ran what felt good. It was a better long run than last weekend at least. One thing that helped was I decided to run early Saturday morning rather than in the afternoon and to run low miles on Saturday. That way I was more rested and ready to run the miles I wanted to run.
Today is my day off. I may walk this afternoon since I really enjoy the outdoors now. I thought about running 1.5 miles and see how I do compared to a year ago, but I really need the day off for my body to rest.