My journey as a long distance runner who started the sport later in life.
I have been walking a lot more lately. I finished my half marathon goal race on November 19, 2016 and began to join my husband on his regular afternoon walks. We normally go from 4-5 km at a decent pace, stopping only to catch stray Pokémon. At first I tracked our distance, which is how I know it was most often 4.6 km. After a while, and as my Garmin 310XT’s default setting is for running, I stopped bothering. I also use RunKeeper and can quickly set it to walk for the activity, but I wanted to save my iPhone’s battery for more important things, like Pokémon and music. Clearly my priorities have changed.
I have been feeling bad about neglecting running, and so today, for the first time in a long time, I set out for a run with my Garmin 310XT. Even though it has been a while (see above image), I was happy with the results. I managed to run 4.02 km at an average pace of 6:54 min/km. It was an out and back, so I walked back while playing Pokémon Go, accomplishing 4.21 km at a pace of 11:46 min/km. However I notice that unless I could all of those ~5 km walks that I did not track I will not be accomplishing my original goal of moving 1000 km for 2016. For all the times I walked and did not track, I know it would probably add up to being very close, but I am happy with my decision not to track. A lack of data doesn’t mean it didn’t happen!
There were two things that helped me to get back on track and running today instead of languishing through the remainder of the holiday without running:
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