We left for our run just before 11 a.m. It was a lovely sunny morning, no wind at all and my goal for today was to run a bit quick and take 1-minute walk breaks after running for 14 minutes. I don't want to get too reliant on the 9/1 intervals 'cause I don't want my body to expect that break after every 9 minutes of running... don't want it to become a habit. I am not sure if that might really happen, but I am not taking any chances.
I carried a bottle of water for us to share, and off we went.
Lots of people were out walking the waterfront today. It is still tourist season here and it is fun to see all the kids and dogs out enjoying the lovely parks and public gardens. We also have lots of seniors in the area and so on a nice day there are walkers, and wheelchairs and scooters in abundance!
The route I mapped is 9.75 km, from the marina to the end of the walk, and back. We did the first half in 37 minutes and I thought we might be able to match it on the way back but it was not to be. I started to slow down considerably during that last couple of kilometers but that did help me to find the energy to sprint the last couple of blocks, so we finished in 75 minutes total.
A pretty good outing actually... I was envisioning my legs moving in that rotary fashion like the Road Runner... no reaching out forward, just picking my legs up and feeling them behind me.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stretch afterwards, and then did some standing leg lifts, too. I think they are helping my hips to become stronger. I am really noticing new bulk in my quads and thighs the past couple of weeks. Love that.
W2 R 75 @14/1 W3
standing abductors, 10 per leg
And the big glass of chocolate milk before I showered was very nice, too.
I wonder what kind of mileage I need to be running in order to get me to the point where I can start training for my Spring half?
Do I need to have my runs to a certain mileage length?
When I do start training, I only want to run 3 X per week and I think that is doable, but I am not sure how much I need to be doing to GET to that START point.
Any thoughts or advice?