Distance Running and Lessons Learned

Today (Saturday August 31) I got out early and went for a run. I have been working late at work this week and so my weekly runs were reduced to the one run on the treadmill. Since I want to go to the Hy Vee Triathlon this Sunday, it pushed my long run to today! So I ran along my usual trail for 13.1 miles in 2:18:36. Not too bad, since I stopped for a quick restroom break and bought water at the farmer’s market. Then I walked the remaining 4.5 miles back home.

It was a great morning! Beautiful scenery and sunshine made for a wonderful run. It’s the very reason I hate the treadmill so much, you miss the beauty that’s out there if you only run in one spot. I was hoping that I would get 17 miles of running in, but that’s the total with the walking and it taught me a few things that I hope to carry with me from now on.

First, get the short runs in. Had I got my three 8-10 mile runs in, I would have been able to push through for a couple more miles. I guess I need to figure out how to get them in when duty calls and I have to work late.

Second, my Garmin 210 GPS watch is awesome. While it’s true that it doesn’t speak to you at each mile, it does show mileage, time, pace, and you can look at it any time. It saves my iPhone for music and phone calls, and that makes me feel a little more comfortable since I’m journeying out further and further.

Third, I realize the importance of food and fuel. I ate a little something before I started and remembered to bring along some Stinger Gels with me. It was good to have a quick source of fuel right with me.

Fourth, I realize how blessed I am. I am able to go out, run a half marathon, walk for miles in the beauty of God’s nature, have wonderful friends that are upbeat and supporting and even want to run with me! It doesn’t get much better than that!!

Well, I have used my foam roller, took a cold shower, and now I’m ready for some food. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Be happy, Be healthy.


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