Last year, I didn’t really like to run outside (GASP!!) and I think it was because I didn’t know where to run. Also, I didn’t want to drive anywhere after school if I wasn’t going to be able to run more than a few miles. So in order to convince myself to get outside, I ran door to door – meaning from my apt to UC Berkeley and back. Exactly 5 miles. I found this route SO CHALLENGING and most days it still is. It is a straight gradual uphill to the campus, and since I do a loop, I hit a little more uphill than a sweet downhill. If I wasn’t in it mentally when I got out my door, then the rest of the run would suffer horribly, esp if I wanted to go “fast” and the legs didn’t.
Today, I revisited this route and I think I’ve found my perfect easy run route. So you can say I am going back to my roots. I can totally tack on more miles or deduct depending on what my needs are. Since I know I’ll be having a packed running weekend, I stuck with 5 slow, easy miles. It took the pressure off of the hills and allowed the legs to shake out a bit.
- 5 miles, 52 minutes – 10:24 pace
Right at easy pace. Couldn’t have planned that more perfect if I tried. In fast, I just brought my stop watch to take any pressure off.
Tonight I have a fun night planned with some lovely ladies, but no worries, I don’t think I’ll be out too late 🙂 I have a GREAT BAY AREA BLOGGER RUNNER meet-up tomorrow AM! I will be sure to report back on that, along with some last minute thoughts on the 10k. How was your Friday?
Oh, and I have another guest post talking about my transition from the east to west coast, and how running worked its way in there 🙂 Check it out.
Thank you, Jill, for the Sunshine award!! It is ironic that I am the one who is somehow getting the most sunshine out here (despite the RAIN)!
Hello SPRING TRAINING! Anyone else looking forward to spring?