So now that I made a commitment for a race in 12 weeks I need t figure out some sort of plan. I basically have 12 weeks to figure out how to run 6.2 miles. I can hike that pretty easy, but running is a different story. I have never liked to run. However, running a trail is different. I’m so busy thinking about where I’m going to step next I don’t have time to think about how much I hate running. It keeps me grounded and in the moment. My favorite part, I’m in nature.
So I have a pretty good idea how fast I run a mile (not impressive). I have no idea how fast I run a mile on a trail with rocks, creek, and elevation. I picked a trail I’m sort of familiar with this morning and set out to figure it out. I use an app on my phone that tracks my distance, time, and elevation.
I had planned to go out early but got totally distracted. I didn’t hit the trail until noon, which I’m afraid was already too warm. It was 85 degrees with humidity in the 50’s. I set out to do a combination of running and walking. I will try to add 1/2 a mile a week (starting at 2). I ran 2 miles in 30 minutes. This included a creek jump, elevation gain of 200 ft, and one fall that left me a little gimpy the last mile. Luckily I didn’t lose much skin and didn’t do any real damage. I was able to get up and keep going. An average of 15 minutes a mile is not impressive, but hey, I ran/walked 2 miles!!
So there it is…a starting place. I now know where I’m at and what I have to improve on. And the lesson for today is, you still have to pick your feet up when you’e tired.