I must be nuts, getting up at 2.30am, and running in the dark. But, needs must – especially since I’m up early from my slumber, for a 12 hour shift at work, and with heavy rain being due later in the day, I don’t want to be caught out in that. Besides, 12 hours work is enough for anyone. I don’t want to run after that stint.
Today, I’ve managed to get under 11 minutes for the first time, over a distance of one mile. I’m edging ever closer to the 10 minute target that I set myself 😁
My latest observations:
- Distance: 1.02 mile
- Average Speed: 5.46 mph
- Max Speed: 6.56 mph
- Average Heart Rate: 161 bpm
- Max Heart Rate: 178 bpm
- Average Pace: 10.59 min/mile
- Max Pace: 09.09 min/mile
- Weather: Dry, 1.5°C.
As you’ll observe, the temperature was slightly above freezing for this run, and I did notice a small burning sensation in my throat with the cold air. And my hands… Brr. I think I’ll be wearing gloves on my next outing!
What I need to do is aim for an average pace of 6mph – that would take me to the 10 minute mark. Its easier said than done, but I am getting there.
Overall, I’m very pleased with my progression. I’m aware of an increased risk of injury in cold weather, so an adequate warm-up is a must for every run. It sometimes feels a little silly doing squats, lunges, etc, but it all helps.
I have read on some Internet forums where seasoned runners have taken exception to some people running slower than a ten minute mile, calling them slobs. We all have to start somewhere, and being unkind in such a manner can put people off trying to improve their fitness levels, and overall health. Those that criticise aren’t really worth the time of day, and are quite frankly pricks.
If you decide to take up running, do it at your own pace. Remember, you are faster than those sitting. Don’t allow others to pressurise you. Do your own thing. It’s taken me a number of months to get where I am, and I’m happy at my achievement, especially since I haven’t run since I was a teenager. I’ll be 51 in January. Gulp.