I decided to walk yesterday as after my run on Tuesday my back was not happy.
However, as I got about a half mile into my walk, I was feeling fine and thought that I’d try running slowly and with little pounding.
Confession: I have a hard time with a LSD (Long Slow Distance) or any slow distance. I don’t say this to brag, but to confess a weakness. When I run, I do run to feel, but after a bit I am running faster then I should on an easy run. Of course I have the faster runs down, but doing a fast run everyday is bad, not only for my body, but also for my mind. If I am running hard everyday, then I am always pushing myself and never just enjoying the run.
So my goal is to slow down, especially now that it is getting hot out.
Back to yesterday. I achieved my goal… sort of…
I managed to run about a minute a mile slower then my normal runs have been over the past month. It felt really good. I wasn’t huffing and puffing. I wasn’t tired. In fact I received a call about 2.5 miles into my run and answered in a normal conversational voice.
I have been reading about bloggers who are going beyond the marathon. You ultra marathon runners really impress me. A coworker had a friend in NY who ran 50 miles last weekend. That would be a cool goal. If I could just run at a pace that was comfortable and run longer, that would be awesome and maybe one day I could do something beyond what I have already accomplished.
My goal for the time being is to slow down, especially for the summer. I’ll keep running my mountains and doing faster runs and workouts, but on my normal average day, I will try to develop a running style that has much less impact and will allow me to go further with less effort.
Sounds like something I should have figured out before now… huh?