Learling to Fly

 

My journey towards my goals began on September 4, 2012. I completed 3.10 miles in 38 minutes, 50 seconds for a 12 minute, 32 second per mile pace. This was completed with a combination of walking and running. My goal is to run for 1 minute and walk for 1 minute for the entirety of the distance. Since it’s been a month from my last run/walk, this proved to be rather difficult.

It all started in my first mile. I felt the beginning of a cramp right from the first minute of running. It didn’t last long or even hurt much. So, I just kept going. My run a minute, walk a minute plan lasted for 2 cycles. Then, I was on survival mode. I ran as much as I could. However, there was no regularity to it. I completed the first mile in 11 minutes 22 seconds. It would be my best one mile time of the three.

Mile number 2 was the hardest. There were many times I thought of ending early because it was so hard. This was the mile where I walked the most. On top of the tiredness from a month’s vacation from running, I felt my back hurting a little. Even though it was difficult, I found small run distances in this mile to help get me through. I completed this mile in 13 minutes, 34 seconds.

Towards the end of mile 2, I started to get a second wind that helped pull me through to the end. I was even able to pull off one or two one minute interval runs. When I completed the first one minute run, I was so glad that I didn’t quit in the second mile. Even though I didn’t complete very many one minute interval runs, I did start up a cycle of 30 second runs with a 1 minute walk. Mile 3 was completed in 12 minutes, 20 seconds. The final tenth of a mile, I finished in 1 minute, 27 seconds. I had thought I might be able to run the entire tenth of a mile. However, my back was botherring me too much.

All in all, it wasn’t too bad of a run. It was one of my slower run/walks. However, before I began, I was hoping that I could keep the average mile to 13 minutes or less. So, it was a small victory. However, I’m hoping that I will only improve on this result. My goal is to run my first 10K with an 11 minute, 30 second average. This first 10K will be on October 7th in Santa Monica. Can’t wait!

According to “Map My Run,” here are the details of this first run/walk…

  • 3.10 miles completed
  • 38 minutes, 50 seconds total
  • 12 minutes, 32 secons per mile average
  • 648 calories burned

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