have been am supposed to have been training for my first half marathon in April. According to Katie, who started training in November, spinning does not count (this is accurate, as told by our Color Run). On my day off Monday, I finally hit the pavement and set out to just run around for an hour–I knew where I needed to go (yoga), just not how I wanted to get there.
Disclaimer: this is not the most efficient way to run.
My tragic flaw of failure to plan shined brightly as I left my house without gloves; only a track jacket to keep me warm. And oh boy was it cold. More motivation to run faster, I guess. For the first two miles, all I could focus on was my mileage. Had it been a mile yet? Surely. NOPE. It had only been .3. I LOVE the Nike + app, which has a GPS to track your route, time your mileage and start competitions with friends, but it was all I could stare at. That plus the leftover ice surrounding Lincoln Park made my beginning miserable (and slippery).
Eventually, I bounded to the side (read: iceless) streets and finally found my stride. My trick? Attack running as you would spinning. Pretend you don’t know what time it is or how long you have been running. Set goals song by song. And stop looking at the damn Nike app. Sure, I didn’t run the whole time, but I did stay out for a while. And I am not my fastest, but it was my first time and I was cold and didn’t really have a plan (note the circles on my route). In an hour, I ranwalked 4.5 miles and then stretched it all out in yoga.
And then recovered with gelato. Earned it.
If anyone has any running tips, I would love to hear them! I am kind of just making things up as I go along and would love some real knowledge.