so…can running faster be easier?

I completely and thoroughly forgot about running this weekend.  It was a fail in that sense, but I’m not too upset about it.  Seth and I have been extraordinarily busy and traveling a lot for a couple of months now, and this past weekend was the first time in ages that we could just sleep in and chill and lounge and do whatever we wanted.  We won’t get that chance again for at least another month, maybe longer.  So I don’t regret not running.  I needed to rest and recharge with my love.

We were supposed to run yesterday, but plans fell through.  I was feeling antsy for some activity, though, so I took Bean out for a short hike.  We did a portion of the Alpine Trail at Riverside Park.  Most of it was easy, but the last section was crazy steep and I thought I’d never make it to the top.  Bean’s a pretty awesome hiking companion, as it turns out.  He’s not as jacked up as he is on the flat paved trails, and he sticks closer to my tempo.  It was a fun way to do something active even though there were about 900,000 gnat-fly-things everywhere.  This is why I kind of don’t like nature.

This morning, Seth and I decided to go to the gym, and since I didn’t run yesterday I decided to give it a try on the treadmill today.  I know everyone says that running outdoors is more challenging and more interesting than treadmill running, but I actually feel like I had a better workout today than I usually do on the trail.  For my four-minute walking intervals, I stayed between 2.7 and 3.0.  For my one-minute run intervals, I went at 5.0 mph.

By the fourth run interval, I was really struggling for air (forgot to use inhaler ahead of time) and could only make it through about 35 seconds.  I was going to tack it on at the end but we were getting short on time, so I just decided to run my last interval faster and call it even.  It was an interesting experiment.  Moving to 5.5 mph actually forced me to lengthen my stride and stretch out my legs a bit, which made for more comfortable running than I had been doing at 5.0.  I’m not sure why that is.  I may try my next few runs at the gym just to get an idea of pacing.


#1 Meredith on 04.14.10 at 10:22 am

Good job! Sometimes I find a good treadmill better for me because it allows me to keep a steady pace, whereas when I’m running or walking outside, I have to judge for myself and end up going too fast or too slow. It think it’s a mood thing too. Inside or outside today? Just depends, right? WTG on the 5.5.!

#2 Kristen on 04.14.10 at 2:52 pm

I totally agree. I find trying to walk fast in the 4’s is much harder than a slower jog! I’ve been running for a while now and I still have a hard time pacing myself when I’m outside.

5.5 is awesome, also! You’re going to be running miles and miles in no time!