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It's Always Worth Running

Last Tuesday, I ran 5 miles without stopping, for the first time in my life.

I was irritated, and needed to burn off some steam, so I went to the gym and got on the treadmill.  Normally I do intervals: I'll run for 5 minutes (5mph), then walk for 5 minutes (3mph), back and forth for an hour.  If I'm feeling really ambitious I'll run for 10 and walk for 5, again for an hour.

But I'd been wondering how far I could go without stopping.  Back when I was following the Couch to 5k plan (before a hectic life interrupted), I got up to the point of running for 20 minutes nonstop.  I did it, but just about died.  Still, I was feeling a fire this night, and determined, and decided to see how long I could go.

And I ran, 5 miles an hour, for the full hour.

I was flabbergasted.  I was exhausted.  So many times over that hour I wanted to stop, and rest, and sit.  But I just made myself keep running because goddammit I'm going to do this.

And I did.

On Saturday, I ran it again.  Just to make sure I could, and that such determination wasn't a fluke.

It wasn't.

Now my experiment grows twofold: First, I want to see about doing weight training before the run.  After the run (both times) I've felt too exhausted to do anything but go home.  Weight training will exhaust my arms and upper body, but hopefully I'll still be able to do a full run after.

Secondly, I aim to see if I can still keep up the determination while listening to an audiobook.  Both times I had driving music playing in my ears (Mighty Mighty Bosstones).  But because I've got shitty earbuds, my ears would be ringing afterward.  An audiobook would be better for keeping my mind engaged, though worse for helping to impel me along.

Both of these questions occur to me because ... knowing that I can do this?  I want to push myself to see how often I can do it.  Every other day?  At least.  But I wonder: Could I run 5 miles EVERY day?  Is that a thing runners do?  I had expected my legs to be screaming murder on the days following, but they weren't.

I'll be heading to the gym in the next hour to try it again.

I've recently had an unexpected increase in free time.  Hence the return to working out.

Relatedly, I've been wanting to get back to writing in here.  And I have some things to write about.

Let's see how that goes...


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May. 12th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Well done you!
In answer to your question "Is this a thing runners do?" I think so. Some runners do indeed run every day. I personally try to run 3 times a week and allow my body to rest or work out other areas on the inbetween days.
As you know I try to run to/from yours on Monday (the shortest distance door to door is 2miles), I try to do 5miles on Wednesdays and my half marathon training longer distance at the weekend (next weekend I have to try and do 9miles...). The weeks I'm unable to run during the week make the longer runs *much* harder. Also the weather adds it's own fun challenge.
You might like the "runners" group on LJ. some of them are hardcore marathon runners chalking up 60-70miles a week, others are like us and managing to run a couple of miles a few times a week.

Likewise after running I barely have the energy to climb the stairs to get home let alone do anything more physical.
May. 12th, 2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
at one point i dated a triathlete. she worked out almost every day but obviously she mixed up which sport she was training on on any given day. i think that mixing it up made it more interesting but also kept her from straining any one set of muscles too much.

which is mostly my way of saying that i'm not really sure but i'm listening ;-) .
May. 13th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Ha - thanks! Given the eerily quiet place LiveJournal is this days, I think it will be interesting (if I can indeed get a string of posts going, as intended) to see who out there is still reading.

Based on both posts and replies, I feel like the number of active users on my friends list can possibly be counted on the fingers of one hand... ;)
May. 13th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
my flist is still fairly active. which is not to say that all 300 of them are still posting, but a fair number still are.

i am the person who will turn the lights out after everyone else leaves....
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