I got lazy at blogging this weekend. Sue me. Anyhow, here’s the skinny:
Day 47 (Friday)
I did absolutely no running today. Okay, that’s not quite true, I walked the first half-mile at home. I had planned to go over to my mother-in-law’s and do a “long” run, but we got stuck at home all day waiting for UPS to deliver my brand new ESV Study Bible. And I’m management at UPS. Go figure.
Anyway, I decided to just do a half-mile since we had been stuck inside for so long and then we would go to the Deaf social. So I walked the first half and dutifully started running back down the hill. After the first minute I had to stop, gasping for breath. There had been a drastic change in the weather, going from 80° all the way down to 65° in just over a day, which meant my sinuses were acting up. It’s kinda hard to run with a plugged nose, you know. So I decided to walk back to the apartment and call it a day. Live to run another day, I suppose.
Day 48 (Saturday): 4:00 PM | 61°| 1/2 mile | Time: 5:35
Having had a day to adjust to the weather, we went to my mother-in-law’s. Wary after the previous day’s challenge, I decided to just do a half-miler around the block. I also decided that from now on I would only time the run/walk portion of my outing, which was to be a half-mile. This is in keeping with my goal to first be able to run a half-mile without stopping.
I quickly discerned on the warm-up walk that this would be a truer test than the route I had been running at home. The half-mile block is completely flat, with a few dips in the sidewalk here and there where cars have gone into their driveways. I was able to run from the house all the way to the second corner without stopping, a full minute. After walking two minutes, I ran for about 45 seconds before stopping. I walked another minute and then ran 30 seconds before finishing off the block at a walk back to the house. As you can see, it took me 5 and a half minutes. I wondered if I’d have been able to run farther and more consistently if I’d been able to breathe clearly.
Day 50 (Today): 4:00 PM | 68° | 1/2 mile | Time 5:35
It was a little warmer today (Monday). Sun was out, nearly no breeze. We went back to my mother-in-law’s since my wife wanted to go to Once Upon a Child to do some shopping for Grace, and her house was on the way. My brother-in-law got home just as I was walking down the driveway to do the run. Maybe next time I’ll see if he’d like to come with and pace me. I want to stop this running for a minute and stopping business; I’d like to go a little further than that.
This time I went in the opposite direction that I did the previous time. The warm-up walk was okay, but I’m starting to wonder if my sinuses are affecting my breathing or if I’m simply walking at too quick a pace. I was a smidgen winded at the end of the half-mile and couldn’t even complete the first minute of running, stopping at 45 seconds. Did the full two-minutes of walking before going another 30 seconds before stopping. Walked a minute, ran another 30 seconds, walked another minute, and this time ran back to the driveway.
Not only am I wondering about my sinuses and walking pace, but I’m also wondering if the watch is giving me an out by fooling my mind into stopping after a certain time or thinking I won’t be able to reach a full minute at times. Maybe I need to do what I used to do as a kid, try to beat a record by doing a little better than the previous time. You know, throw farther, hit a longer homer, hit a certain object, etc. Next time I’ll forget the watch and try that.