Getting to the point where we could run 60 minutes was our first major running goal. We’ve been running 3 intervals of 20 minutes with 2 walking breaks of 3 minutes for a little over a week now. But, of course, we are anxious to cut out those walking breaks, especially my hubby. He really wants to barrel-through an hour of continuous running. Our approach to this task is just extending the running intervals of 20 minutes longer to, ideally, 30 minutes.
We’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the weather to get a little cooler and a little less humid. Something more pleasant than that feeling that you are running circles in a giant’s sweaty bellybutton. Last week was awful, dreadful weather. But, last night things were different. There was still humidity, but the temperature was a couple of degrees less than “let’s see if we can fry an egg on the roof of the car.” When we walked down to the park we said that at 19 minutes of the first interval we’d decide if we would keep going or not.
A nice breeze picked up as we started and off we went. We saw the beer belly trio of guys running as usual, only last night they had expanded to a quadruplet. These guys are pretty consistent. I wish they’d discard the jackets when they run in the heat because it makes me hot looking at them, but I admire their nightly dedication. I think 2 random people saw us running and started running themselves for 10-second bursts (weirdos). We even saw another couple running in the opposite direction and the park kittens were so cute jumping all over each other being playful. It was the typical evening run. In fact, the only thing out of the ordinary was that there were far fewer people at the park – you gotta love it when school starts and the kids have to be home early.
At 19 minutes in the first interval I felt pretty decent. We hadn’t run on the weekend and I didn’t walk too much yesterday so I was rested. As we approached running 20 full minutes of running, I wasn’t itching to walk as is sometimes the case. I had steadied my pace so I wasn’t burnt out. I turned to my hubby and said I felt pretty good and he left the decision up to me. So we kept running. 25 minutes of straight running would have been a nice goal, but in the back of my mind I wanted 30. And 30 we did. I’m really proud of us for breaking our 1 hour of running into just 2 intervals of 30 minutes tonight.
It may seem like a small achievement to those of you who do 18-mile runs once a week (masochists), but for us this is a huge step towards running that full hour non-stop. I’m hoping that we will get there not too slowly. However, I’m not really sure how we should proceed once 2 intervals of 30 minutes feels good.
Should we cut the walking break from 3 minutes to 2 minutes to 1 minute to just 1 hour of running? Or extend the first interval of running from 30 minutes to 40 to 50? I’m not quite sure. What would you do?