I changed up my training a bit today. Up until now, I had limited my work outs to the treadmill or a local park. I had really avoided the neighborhood. Just something about exposing myself to our neighbors. One of those self-confidence things, no doubt.
I really wanted to start running more outside, in prep for the Annapolis 10 miler in August so I mapped out a 3.2 and 4 mile route on gmap-pedometer.com.
Today's training run was for 4 miles, so I got out and ran the 4 mile course.
Since I began last year, I've only been able to sustain about half a mile maximum continuous running without breaking into fast walking. I was watching some people running in the neighborhood a few days ago and noticed how slowly they were "running". I thought "Hey, I can do that!" So, today I did. For the first time in forever, well, probably my whole life, so that is forever, I ran more than a mile! I made it about 1.1 or 1.2 before walking. The mile took about 11 minutes, a minute or so slower than I normally tread at "running" pace.
I've definitely found a major clue in getting to the sustained 5 mph pace I'll need for Annapolis.
Overall, I finished the 4 miles in 52:12 minutes. I needed to slow for the longer and more severe sustained inclines over the last 1/3 of the course, but it felt good to get out there and see the neighbors!