April 2nd: My Longest Run Yet…

Posted: April 2, 2008 in fitness, fitness journal, health, journal entry, run, runner, running, weight, Weight Fat Loss, Weight loss
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Although it was a pretty average day in the weight room, I cruised to a personal best (within the last few years) of 25 minutes running at a pace ranging from 5 to 6.5 mph.  Overall tally:

Time: 30 Minutes (3 minute warm up walk/25 minute run/2 minute cool down)

Calories: 333

Distance: 2.75 miles

So what’s my secret?  After I finish my warm-up walk I put a towel over the time read out on the treadmill and just run to a pre-set song list in my I-Pod.  When the songs run out I stop running. It keeps me moving; I no longer feel tempted to check the time; and the music keeps my mind of the misery that is running.

  1. Neil says:

    That’s a good tip. Watching the clock is a killer. I’ll have to try that.

  2. AndrewE says:

    Well done! You will come to enjoy running. One day…maybe. 🙂

    You are about where I was 5 weeks ago and it does get better! Sometimes! When it’s over!

  3. Oh Andrew, I wish that were the case. But let me tell you how this has worked for the last 10 years or so. I run and run and run until I finally build up a good cardio base. Then, I get the flu. I am off running for 2 -3 weeks. Then, when I start running again I am back to square one. I get frustrated, ticked off, and give up. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen again.

  4. Teresa says:


    I have a similar problem with my yearly bout of pnumonia. Dodged the bullet this year due to a year’s worth of work from an allergy/athsma specialist and a nurse practitioner who is not afraid to perscribe prophelactic anti-biotics when it is called for (she doesn’t do it lightly, but I’m allergic to two classes of anti-biotics, and the ones that are left are not terribly effective against pneumonia, and I end up havinbg to take several courses and have breathing problems for months and months.)

    I recommend heavy metal music, and running out-of-doors (few clocks). Also, running with a dog keeps you from lagging your pace. 🙂

    No matter what I do, the first mile kills me. Even in a 10+ mile run, the first 1- 1.5 are the hardest for me. My best friend, who finished a marathon, doesn’t start to enjoy herself until about running until she is about five miles into her run.

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