Monday, January 3, 2011

First run of 2011

Happy 2011 all! To put this run into context, let me start by giving you some recent mileage numbers:

  • Total Mileage last week: 0
  • Total Mileage for December: 26.87 (I know, right?)
  • Total Mileage for 2011: 778 (Not as bad as I thought, but not the 1000 I was shooting for)
Needless to say, there's a whole lot of rust to shake off of these legs.

Taking advantage of the 50 degree weather, I hit Central Park with a couple of goals:

  • Get my fat ass out for a run [check]
  • Run 10 miles [check]
  • Run a sub-10:00 min/mi pace [check]
  • Have fun [not so much, read on]
  • Lay the groundwork for a solid 2011 [we'll see]
The first 3 miles, it seemed that my quads, knees, shins, ankles and feet all developed mouths, and were shouting in unison "What in the @#$@# are you thinking??" Fortunately, I shook the rust off and settled into my groove.

I realize that I have a long way to go to get back to my previous level of fitness, and as a result, I am having a hard time keeping my pace to something that I can run consistently. I ambled over the rolling hills of the park, and completed 2 5 mile loops in under 1:40 as was my original goal.

2011 is going to involve a lot of rebuilding. Motivation-wise, I almost feel like I am back to where I was when I started running. I knew that running was good for me, but every single run involved a battle to put on my running shoes and get out the door. The name of the game for January and February is re-establishing the routine, and putting in the hard work - and the fitness will eventually return.

Best of luck to everyone with their plans for 2011, running and otherwise!

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