11 October 2011
tales of a reluctant runner
The evenings are getting darker more quickly and the mornings are slow to get going. I'm finding it difficult to find time for a daylit run before (preferred) or after work. While the area of the city that I live and run in is not at all what I'd call dangerous, it is a little deserted during those early morning hours when I like getting out there, and I feel a little nervous venturing out without some visibility. Not that I'll start carrying mace or anything, but aside from wearing bright/reflective clothing, I have been considering getting a runner ID band just so I'll have my name and emergency contact information on me. You know, in case. Probably a good idea anyway.
I am definitely a reluctant runner, as I've expressed before, but I'm finding it easier and easier to do more running on my run/walk route. I used to alternate run and walk between each city block, but now I'll go for longer and longer stretches between my walking spurts. Today I used MapMyRUN to, well, map my normal morning run/walk route. 1.55 miles. Nothing too crazy, but provides a good quick sweat and wake-up session. And something I can now finish in 15 minutes or so. Not a record-setting pace, but not bad for a reluctant runner, right? And the key for me is that I still LOVE it! The beau is more of a runner than I am and is encouraging me to participate in an upcoming race. He'll be doing a half marathon, but there is an 8k option (about 5 miles) that might be a possibility for me. If I can get my courage up...