I began today’s run with one simple goal. Run until I couldn’t run another step. How did I do?
Well this chart tells only a small part of the story. I began my run feeling a bit rough. My chest felt a bit rough, like my trachea was raw. But since I didn’t have a sore throat I figured I would just go ahead and run. Before I ran out the door I uploaded to my Ipod a 35 minute segment from the Dennis Prager radio show and hit the road.
The first five minutes of my run felt horrible. The only analogy I can give you is that it felt like my legs were the size of broomsticks and I was trying to balance a bag of cement blocks on top of them. That is the only way I can convey to you how it felt every time my weight would come crashing down on my lead foot.
However, after 5 minutes I felt better. At the 15 minute mark (or what felt like 15 minutes since I don’t check my watch during long runs) I hit auto-pilot and was cruising down the road with my head in the clouds. I was so lost that I was taken by surprised when the 35 minute show on my Ipod ended. I thought, “Hey, I’ve just run for 35 minutes!?”
I clicked over to the song play-list and continued on. I completed two full laps around my subdivision. When I finally stopped, I had been running for so long that walking felt weird for a minute or two. It felt like my legs wanted to keep running. I immediately regretted stopping my run at the 41 minute mark, I think I could have made it a whole hour.
When I got home- after my carb snack and a lot of water- I pulled up the MapMyRun website. I was surprised to see the results. This first image is a hybrid street map/satellite image map of my running route with a chart of the various elevation points along my run. The second image is my
This second image shows the statistics from my run (pace), distance, calories burned, etc.
Heck, I even took my shirt off halfway through my run and enjoyed the sun- with little embarassment about my somewhat jiggly midriff. Today was a great day for a run!