Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jogging in Slow Motion

I ran home from a meeting at church tonight.

There's something really powerful about running to or from someplace, rather than just running in a circle for exercise.

There's also something really powerful about running 5 miles in a row without stopping.

(Except for a brief walk up Hillary Step - have I mentioned that I live on the summit of Mount Everest? When it rains and floods I'm very glad of this. When I'm running or walking home I'm not so pleased.)

So I felt pretty good when I got home. Until Paul figured my per-mile pace for me. I've been running for 2 months now and I can run 5 miles with only a brief walk and that only because of a hill I can barely scale without climbing ropes and carabiners. I should be happy with this progress, right?

On the other hand, there's a minimum speed one can go and still be "running," no matter what one's gait looks like.

Seriously, after my first ever 5 miler I felt fine. I felt like I could have kept going (this in itself is probably evidence I should have been pushing the pace a little harder). I wasn't in pain. I won't go so far as to say that I was having fun, but I certainly wasn't miserable.

But I couldn't run a marathon. Because at some point race organizers force slow runners into the sag wagon, close the aide stations, and reopen the city streets to traffic. And I'm slow enough to worry about that.


Carmie said...

I have been running slowly for YEARS and I always tell new runners to take their time. There's no point to going fast--really--unless you want to win something. (Can you tell I don't win races? ha ha)

Running slowly has its benefits. Chief among them being not getting injured. Another is slow burn for fat burn (if you're trying to lose weight).

Remember, distance is more important than time. A 5 min/mi runner and a 10 min/mi runner burn about the same calories overall.

Keep up the good work! And good call about running to or from with a purpose...takes the drudgery out of it a bit, right?


Sarahlynn said...

It does! I feel healthy and strong and productive and green! Unfortunately, when I arrive wherever, I'm a bit sweaty. Downsides to every great plan, I suppose. Love that Shower to Shower powder.

I'd love to be a 10 minute miler. I'm even OK with being a 12 minute miler (for 2 miles or less, when I really push it). I just don't want to be a 15 minute miler (longer runs)!

Carmie said...

I know what you mean! I'm pretty sure that when people see me run they're thinking, "why does she bother? just walk!!" ha ha ha!

Sarahlynn said...

We're burning twice the calories!

(Plus, I feel younger.)