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July 31st, 2009

It’s something Sandra yells at the dogs at the off leash park, and now it’s something I’m working on too.

Some minor moment of insanity prompted me to register for the Midsummer Night’s Run on August 22. All 15k of it. And yes, I’ve gone running a few times this summer, but never for more than 20 minutes at a time, and never actually running the entire time. See, I’d gotten this idea to train up to a 5k by doing those standard intervals; 60 seconds walking, 90 seconds running, 60 seconds walking, etc.


2 minutes to 15k in less than 4 weeks? Insane? Recipe for failure, or worse, for injury?

On Wednesday morning, a little less than 24 hours after I’d plunked down my $60 registration fee, I got out of bed at quarter to 7 and strapped on my shoes and iPod and headed out to see what I was really capable of. I decided to skip the interval work, just do a good long warm up and then run for as long as I could do while breathing properly and… well… not crying or throwing up.

Without even realizing it, I ran all the way to High Park, almost 3km.

And then proceeded to run and walk for another 4 or 5km loop towards home.

As it turns out, all the walking I’d been doing added up to something significant. I wasn’t out of breath, I didn’t feel bad… I felt good… real good. And so proud that I was in better shape than I’d anticipated.

This morning was my second time out, and I ran for a solid 4.6km without stopping or walking and it was still good, and happy, and (dare I say it?)… easy.

As the kid in school who couldn’t run even a mile, I find it a little baffling that I ran almost 3 miles this morning in the time it used to take me to do a few laps walking around the high school track. And while I’m sore, and my muscles are a little bit whiny today, I feel really really really good.

And can’t wait to run again this weekend.

I have another 8 or 9 training runs before the 15k. My goal is just to finish it by whatever means necessary. Right now, I’m shooting for running the first 8km straight, then walking and running the second 7km to the finish line, where Sandra will be waiting in the beer garden.

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8 Responses to “Runrunrunrunrun!”

  1. carin Says:

    that’s awesome milt! i picked up and starting jogging the other week, though i still haven’t managed to do more than about 1.5 miles at a time..apparently i need to move to a city where i do a lot of walking to get in shape. 😉 good for you for pushing yourself with something new (and healthy) and for finding it easier and less scary than expected. xoxo

  2. Clumsy Knitter Says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! I’m still running intervals, but maybe I’ll try running flat out and see just how far I can get. Keep us posted! 🙂

  3. Raina Says:

    Okay, wow, that is good, but please, please, please do not get shin splints. The safe increment should be 10 percent per week increase. I ramped up too fast for a marathon I was running and nearly gave myself a stress fracture. I could not run for 10 weeks and then had to start all over again from the walk and run scenario. I did heal up and have run two half marathons since then, but now I really listen to my body. If you feel any pain in your shins, rest those legs!! Something you can also do for yourself before you go for your run, is to rub some arnica gel (get it at the health food store) into your shins. I think it really works. A lot of coaches recommend it. The idea is to ramp up each week 10 percent for three weeks and then have one easier week. One strategy you can use for your 15 km is run for 9 minutes and walk for one. That one minute walking really restores your legs. Think of it as a water break. That is when you can take some sips of water. Best wishes on your race and happy trails.

  4. Molly Says:

    good advice by Raina. No more of an increase than 10% per week. And check out jeff galloway’s website and his recommendation on walk breaks – Raina’s advice is consistent with his and he is the coach that started the idea of regular walk breaks. While it’s good to reduce the amount of walking, you don’t want to do it by running until you’re exhausted and then taking walk breaks. Take them throughout and you postpone the point of exhaustion. It seriously works. Maybe every 5 minutes, every 10 minutes, every K or so…. read what Jeff recommends.

    good luck!

  5. Heidi Says:

    I like that you aren’t going to push yourself and just go to accomplish something. It’s too easy to see myself as a failure, better to just go out and baby steps. I started swimming again in hopes of swimming Alcatraz – a life long goal of mine. Crazy how long it’s been, but feels good to try. I think the best way to really enjoy life is to just take it by the reins. Good luck!

  6. Mandy Says:

    How exciting and inspiring! Yay for you, Amy!! 🙂

  7. Leigh Says:

    I used to be the fat kid in school and took up running when I turned 30. Now I run 35Km a week. You can do this.

  8. stephanie Says:

    Legs up the wall after a run! It is the best thing I ever did when starting to run and my legs were hardly even sore the next day. AND my posture was way better. I do three minutes right after a run. Just lying on my back on the floor with my legs up the wall.

    Good luck in the race!

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