Down By the River – My Journey to the Gate River Run – Week 4

Baby, it’s cold outside

On Sunday I ran outside for the first time.  No not for the first time in my life, just the first time since I started training for the River Run.  What’s even more amazing –well at least to me it is– I ran for a new personal record distance of 4 miles.  It’s weird, but the run was harder and easier than I though it would be.  Easier because I ran the 4 miles without discomfort.  Harder because after running on a treadmill with easy to select speed, I found myself running much faster than I should have for the first 3/4 mile.  Once I figured out my comfortable pace, the rest was academic.  That is if you consider running outside into a stiff breeze on a morning in the mid 40’s as academic.  Doesn’t matter though, I’m proud of everything I have accomplished thus far.  I set a goal and I have been consistent in my progress.  This is a big step for me when it comes to exercise.

Running Log

December 20 – Ran 4 miles

December 23 – Ran 2.5 miles

December 25 -Ran 3 miles – I’m really proud of this one.  Who runs on Christmas Day?

Down By the River – My Journey to the Gate River Run – Week 3

Personal Best

Today I set a personal record. During today’s running session as I prepare for the Gate River Run 15K, I ran for a record time of 42:22. Yes, I know what you’re saying, in the annals of the Gate River Run 42:22 is a pretty sacred number. But for me it’s a lot more personal. Today I set two records: one for duration and the other for distance. I ran non-stop for forty-two minutes and twenty-two seconds for a distance of 3.2 miles.

What I’ve learned since I started running with an actual purpose, is that you have to set goals that are realistic and attainable for yourself. Now I know that I am not a professional runner, and I only hope to begin a lifestyle change that will keep me healthy for years to come. This is important to me because no matter how long it takes me to finish the Gate River Run; I know that it will be personal record. Not only will I have run in an actually race, I will have run for a further distance and for a longer duration then I ever have in my life. I know that a personal best it just that; personal.

Running Log

  1. Decemember 13 – Ran 3.2 Miles
  2. December 15 – Ran 1.8 Miles
  3. Decemember 17 – Ran 2.5 Miles