Today, I really, REALLY didn’t want to get up at 5:45. I definitely didn’t want to walk. But, like all things, I’ve made enough progress that I really needed to get out and do it.
After yesterday’s attempt at time, I decided today the goal would be just to get it under 10 minutes per lap. And running, as always, my requisite 6/10 mile.
I do a warmup lap, and a cool down lap, and run the 1st and 3rd 1/10 mile segmeants of laps 2,3, and 4. Because I start at the coffeeshop, which is at the middle of the walking trail, the 3rd 10th comes up first. It is decidedly the easiest. The 1st 10th becomes increasingly troublesome, and I’m not sure if it is because I need more calories, or need to adjust my breathing or what. But I am dragging myself across by the final tenth.
So, as I am increasing difficulty, I’ve added a new twist: on the 3rd tenth, on the final lap, I run it as far as I can. Because I am already gassed, it’s not as easy as it sounds. The goal is to make it past the next marker, and I have been able to do that the 2 times I have continued it so far. I am encouraging myself, though, to run as far past it as I can, and today made it about 100 or so feet further than yesterday.
So all told that means I am running 7/10 mile and some change. That’s a long way from my goal of 1/2 marathon this fall, but it is incrementally closer.
And it’s those increments that will ultimately get me there.