This is my first day of the first week since having children that I feel like I can have the morning to do whatever I want. So I went for a “run.”
I last went for a “run” at the gym last winter. I did pretty horribly back then (like 16 minute miles), so I wasn’t expecting myself to make any accomplishments other than getting to the stop sign at the half mile mark and eventually getting back.
Not only did I go further, but I actually managed to “run” further without walking breaks and to “run” further than intended. And that makes me worried.
The best part about being a fair-weather runner is knowing that when you dust off and lace up those shoes, you will do the worst run of the season. You console yourself knowing that not only can it get better but that it must get better.
You see, I’m upset because I did my first “comeback run” better than any of my other “return to running” runs. In fact, I even completed my course faster than my lifetime running average.
Today’s pace: 12’12”
All-time average pace: 12’26”
Best annual average pace (2010): 11:37″
How am I supposed to compete with that? I wasn’t looking for those kinds of goals, so I’ll just keep the next goal simpler for now: Run the 1.4 miles without stopping.