Home sweet home! I have been away since my last post. I was in Houston TX to be exact. The weather was beautiful so I got a few chances to run outside. I have no idea how far or fast I am running outside right now, but it feels like I am running at a snails pace. Seriously, I think a newborn could pass me. Looks like it’s time to buy a Garmin so I can track distance and pace.
Houston was great to run in because it is so flat. I was running in a subdivision and let me tell you all the houses look the same. At one point I was running down a street and thought I had seen a house the day before but then realized that I was in a completely different neighborhood. I was busy down there with family and a wedding so I didn’t get to work out or run as much as I wanted but I managed to fit in a little bit. I squeezed in 30 minutes on a stationary bike one day and only ran outside for 10 minutes the next. The last day I was there I was feeling guilty that I had neglected my training so I was determined to get out and run. Lots of southern food and alcohol. I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do much but I did another 25 minutes! I did a loop in the neighborhood and when I got back to the house it had only been 15 minutes so I decided to keep running to 25. Hell yeah! Did it! I was kinda proud since I hadn’t really done much for the previous 4 days. I’m finding that it is a struggle the first five minutes and I cough a lot then after I get into a rhythm and cough less. It was cool to be out running with no one around. Here in the city when I run outside there are so many people. I liked the solitude when I ran down there.
Today I went to the gym and did a Nike workout for 30 minutes then ran a 10:30 mile. I got a little nervous today. Some self doubt creeped in. I hope to hell I can do this. Only working out 30 minutes and then only doing a mile run and I felt I was really pushing it toward the end. Can I really do 26.2? Maybe I need more of a focused game plan even this early in the game. I’m going to the gym with no real plan, I just kind of wing it when I get there. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? I know the “real”training doesn’t start until around June but I’m scared I won’t be ready for it. Should my plan be to just stay on the treadmill or run outside for a specific time no matter how far I go? Or should I focus on distance no matter how fast? Shit I’m getting nervous! What ratio of strength training to running should I do? Oh boy, this is starting to hit me how big a challenge I have taken on. I hope to God this at least helps my health and improves my lung functions a bit.
Thanks for reading.