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Jon loves to run. He has been doing it on and off for years. My sister, Veronica used to run regularly and fast! But, I never enjoyed running. My speed fluctuates as I tend to sprint and then I am exhausted, so I walk. When I do this, I feel like a running failure.
But, about 3 weeks ago, I started running 2-3 times a week. I started off with what I now know as "interval training". This is a legitimate practice where you alternate running and walking. The goal is to gradually decrease your walking intervals and increase your running intervals.
I started running by plotting my routes. I found three - Circle Loop, Colby Loop and Holton Loop. The shortest loop is 1.1 miles.
The first week, I made improvements. I started out doing the Circle Loop, by running and then walking about 5 times. Then, the second week, I only stopped to walk 2 times! Last week, I actually ran the entire Colby Loop without stopping! And now I am venturing into adding hills into my loop.
I like to run outdoors and I don't mind running in the rain. At least not yet. But, I know that there isn't much time left to run outside either. I admit that I have a much harder time running on a treadmill. I think it is easier on my body, but harder on my mind!
When I do my best running, I am not thinking about anything at all. In fact, my mind is clear. Unfortunately, I can't do this as often as I would like. It takes concentration and a clear head. And it is very rare that I have both at the same time.