Run 3 – Delayed but Improved

by Marathon Slob on April 8, 2012

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Unfortunately, due to work and life commitments and a splash of laziness I haven’t been for a run for 3 weeks.  Needless to say, this is not a good precedent to set so early in the training regimen.  I decided to take the plunge, man up and set off for another attempt at a completing a run around the perimeter of the park.  Now, every training program for beginner runners like myself, states you should start slowly with a run/walk program that consists of more walking than running.  Now, I may be unfit, but I am not hugely overweight.  To a casual observer it may appear that I am fitter than I am.  I have quickly realized there is no room for ego’s when it comes to running.  I cant try and keep up with the person in front just because they are (choose one from the following stereotypes) fat, old, female etc.  Running seems to be a great equalizer and a fantastic way to realize exactly how much work your need to do.

I set out for the run about 8:30 on a gorgeous sunny morning.  I had a prolonged stretching routine due to the fact my GPS had not located any satellites.  I come to terms with the fact that this is a good thing and will probably reduce any stiffness I may suffer tomorrow!  I finally get going with the determination to do one thing – complete the run of the perimeter of the park as planned.  I start off strongly by not running too fast and with a determination to keep the walking to a minimum.  The pacing issue is not helping by the fact there there is a triathlon taking place in the park and I am regularly passed by triathletes going at least, twice as fast as me.  I believe I was passed twice by a group of elite runners of Kenyan descent.  I deduced this from their Kenyan training kit, and the t-shirts they were wearing indicating they were a Top 100 finisher in the NYC Marathon.  This made me feel slightly better about myself, even if there was the potential for them having bought the t-shirt on eBay.  I completed the run as planned, stopping to walk briefly 2 or 3 times.  Although, still not happy with my levels of fitness – I was pleased that I completed my planned run without collapsing!

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