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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Runnin'...after midnight...

Hello friends! I trust your day is off to a good start. Even if it's not, try to have a good attitude about it and you'll notice a remarkable difference in how you approach the obstacles you face. Oh, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day (I just finished mine, and it was oh-so-delicious!).

Last night's post-work run went very well. This week all of my actual runs are 25 minutes long, so the time and distance are creeping up. It's funny how just a few weeks ago I probably couldn't have kept up any jogging pace for this amount of time and now I'm anxious to add to it. That'll come, of course, so no need to rush it.

With warm-up and cooldown walks included, the total time on the treadmill was 35 minutes. I cranked out 3.06 miles, yielding a pace of 11:26. The distance I actually ran was 2.39 miles if I did my math correctly, so I'm getting closer and closer to running a full-out 5K. That's pretty exciting! I'm encouraged in any case that there should be absolutely no trouble in completing the November race in less than 36 minutes, though I definitely want to knock it down to at least 33.

I discovered a little trick last night that seemed to help the run go better. I took off my glasses so the digital display on the treadmill wasn't in sharp focus, nor was the environment around me. I found it was easier to ignore the numbers on the machine and imagine myself in a different location. I'm pretty sure I won't need to take such measures outside since the scenery constantly changes, but for my indoor runs I'm hoping this gives me a little edge. Also, it kept sweat from dripping onto my glasses, one of my pet peeves when it comes to exercising. I've been using a strip from an old T-shirt as a sweatband when doing my strength training circuit at home, so I might find another and tuck it into my gym bag.

Well, that's all for me today. Stay tuned for my circuit post tomorrow!

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