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Running: Oh How Quickly I Forgot


October 2012

Cycling was out today. With sustained winds at 25 mph I didn’t want to start hating the wind again. It’s also a balmy 60 sunny degrees outside and I didn’t want to miss out on that either, so I went for what was supposed to be an easy 32 minute, 4 mile run.

I got home from work, changed around and headed out – my first run in a few weeks now… Apparently I haven’t been running enough because I was walking within a mile and a half, heart beating visibly against my Under Armor shirt. I got to going again after 15 seconds and cut the turnaround point to a 5k distance. I tried to make it back as fast as I could but I was struggling to catch my breath – and I couldn’t figure out why, other than I’m just out of running shape. As I neared my driveway, I cued up my silenced Endomondo – Thanks Chatter πŸ˜‰

I passed the three mile mark in under 24 minutes – 5k in 24:45, average pace 7:53… But how could that be? I walked – twice!

I got my answer when I looked at my splits. First mile: 7:06. My second fastest mile. Ever. I was only 3 seconds off of a personal best and had I not slowed a touch in the last quarter of that first mile I’d have beaten my personal best one mile by a little more than 30 seconds.

Daddy forgot how to pace. I may have gone out just a touch too fast.

Well, this is not a bad problem to have. Live and laugh.

On another note, if at first you don’t succeed… I just woke up from a 3 hour nap – I’ll be watching the Tigers again tonight. I did last night as well and it went a lot better… Maybe I’m not that damn old after all.


  1. IowaTriBob says:

    I guess your legs just kept turning over like they were still on the bike! 7:06 is pretty impressive for an old guy πŸ™‚

  2. College Tri says:

    Wow! 7:06 mile after slowing up for the end of it is quite impressive! Now that I’m done with my marathon, I’ll be pushing some speed work so I can easily beat my PR for my thanksgiving 8k!

    • bgddyjim says:

      My speed is all due to cycling… I was stuck at 8 minute miles for years. Finally broke into the sevens after the season last fall. Good luck on that 8k brother.

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