Once of my goals is to run 5 miles in 36 minutes or less. On one hand, it feels like a lofty goal; on the other hand, if I could run one mile in 6:23 last summer, why couldn’t I run five miles at 7:10? (Yeah, that just sounded illogical to me, too).
I’m not like a die hard barefoot ultra marathon chia seed in my pocket kind of runner, but if I go more than a week without running, something doesn’t feel right. Before I blew out my knee, my longest run was 11 miles. One summer in my 20s, I made a goal of trying to run 50 miles in one week (holy crap!) and I made it to 41 miles. Last year, I was in a big rush before work and powered 3.5 miles in 6:55/mile.
Basically what I’m saying is, I know if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish this goal (insert cliqued motivational music here).
But today was not that day. I’ve still got that lingering bronchitis and struggled through a three-mile run. I feels like I’m sucking air through a straw. It particularly sucked when I was about 1.5 miles in (congratulating myself for getting out the door) and another girl sprinted past me, and continued to widen the gap between us until I lost her in the horizon. It never feels good to be someone else’s roadkill.
That’s ok. Blowing out my knee taught me a valuable lesson: patience. When I start to feel better, I will start following an actual plan.
In the meantime, there are some cool resources I recommend if you’re a runner, or getting into running (forgive me if I’ve posted any of these before).
1. Runner’s World just published a “Runner’s Guide to Weight Loss” that I enjoyed reading. A quick read on nutrition, workout ideas, etc. All you have to do is enter your email and they send you a link.
2. If you’re not using the Nike+ app to track your runs easily on your iPhone, you should be. I can’t believe I ever ran without it. I can easily access runs I did a year ago to look at my progress, check a map, or see how many miles my friends have run recently.
3. For Christmas, I bought Thor the new Nike Flashpack Running Jacket. Ok, ok, I don’t have one…yet. Lucky for us, we get the Nike employee discount, but if you’ve got the money to spend, then just do it (bad joke! sorry!). When I first saw the price tag, I steered him away from the rack, but then one night I saw two runners wearing it in pitch dark and they were unmistakably noticeable. I recently told a friend that the price tag of the jacket was a hell of a lot less than the price tag on a funeral.
4. It’s winter, so running gloves are essential. For me, personally, throwing on a regular pair of cotton gloves wouldn’t work. The Nike running gloves I have keep my hands perfectly warm, but they are super breathable and they have touch screen technology on the fingers.
5. Running the same distance/route/treadmill gets boring, so I’m always bookmarking alternatives to pull out on those super bored days. I know most guys aren’t fans of Pinterest, but it’s a great place to store websites/articles that you find online easily. Here’s one that I use periodically.
Please share if you have a nifty gadget, app, or website! I love learning about new things that can make my running more efficient or fun.