Thursday, March 11, 2010
day 32 - 51 days to go - I ran four freakin' miles!
Yay! Four mile day -- I did it!! "High fives" people... I fricken fracken ran four miles!
My hip is a little achey and I feel a little stiff but I'm still standing. It wasn't the quickest time anyone has ever run four miles in -- towards the 3 mile & 3 1/2 mile points I definitely was running less quick but at the end of it all, it took me 1:02:40 to run those four miles. it works out to about 3.8 mph - but I am quite OK with that because about a month ago if you told me I was going to even do Disco Abs for an hour, I would've told you you were nuts.
And another proud moment: I ran for as long as I ever had. Last week I ran for fifteen minutes straight - today, 22 minutes! I ran for 22 minutes before walking for a few, to sip some water and wipe my brow! Woo. And then I ran for ten minutes, 11 minutes and a few series of five minutes and I think total running time was around 48-50 mins -- lost track of it -- those little Indians dancing around the fire, roasting marshmallows and singing "Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas - around 50 mins began to distract me. (This was a hallucination. I think...)
I did learn this about the treadmills at my gym that I never thought I would have a reason to know or care about, that kind of sucks. There's a 60 minute max. So at 60 minutes the treadmill automatically goes into "cool down mode." You could imagine my dismay when I was less than a quarter of a mile away to the big four goal at 1hr, with power song blasting, Indians dancing, sweat dripping, grin a spreading across my face and the freakin' treadmill goes from 4.4 down to 3.1 and loses my incline. GRRRR. REALLY? I mean REALLY!? Now is the time, the friggen machine decides I've worked out long enough? I was able to up the speed and reset the incline but every one minute after 60 mins - it would return back to cool down. Thank God I was done at 2 mins and 40 into the cool down because at 65 mins the thing completely stops.
So, tomato faced and fresh off the treadmill, I addressed it with the gym guys who looked at me like I was nuts. Finally they fiddled with the thing and discovered that it was indeed preset for a 60 min. max. "Huh, no one ever told us about this before." they offered no solution, but did think it was cool that I was training for a 1/2 marathon. The twenty year old, buff trainer said that he too was a runner but had never braved anything more than a 5K up to now!
Well, HA. Take that world. 20 year old trainer - too scared to take on a half marathon... not ME! :)
Guess I'll have to be pro-active once I reach an hour and immediately re-start -up. I'll take the one hour mark as my "walk for a minute time" and get on with it. Who would've thunk I'd ever have such problems...