This week I did my running while I am on a business trip. I’m lucky enough to be staying in a town next to the ocean. It has a great path that runs along the sea. I’ve gotten out every day for at least a walk so I can get my steps every day.
Tuesday night I tried to run and really struggled. I thought for sure it would be easy since it’s all flat and the elevation is sea level. But I struggled an couldn’t even run 3 miles straight. But I still got out there and I tried.
The rest of the week nights, I just walked and didn’t attempt to run. It was almost dark every night when I got back to my hotel, but I still had to get my steps in, so I did.
Saturday I slept in and it felt nice. But as soon as I woke up, I laced up my shoes and went out for a run. As soon as I turned the corner from my hotel I saw at least 20 other people out running. I’ve never seen that many people out running at one time except at an organized event. I love the fact that everyone is so active in this town. I guess I would be too if I had an awesome place to run every day.
I ran a little over 4 miles, the first mile was a real struggle again. I stopped a couple times to stretch. My legs were burning and hurting… but the more I ran the easier it got. By the time I got to my last mile I had a pretty good pace going… 11:45 min mile. As I was running back towards where I started an older man was standing in front of his beach hut and yelled down to me “You’ve had a nice run” as I was running by. I yelled back “yep, about 4 miles”, he yelled back “I know, I saw you down there” and pointed towards where I started.
I’ve only got 5 weeks left to train for my 15k. I’m getting nervous since I haven’t been able to run a long distance non stop. But I’m not giving up. I will keep running and keep practicing.