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Hello everyone, new runner here wondering if my first run in 9 years that I did yesterday was too much too soon... Where to start?
I've not done any real running since I left school age 16. Back then our PE teachers (presumably out of complete inability) made us run a one mile cross country, and towards the end of the final year it became a weekly thing. They of course never joined us - hmm, wonder why. One particular week we were made to run it twice...
Enough of the past, suddenly this last weekend I decided seemingly out of nowhere, that after 9 years of practically sitting on my back side, that I'd see if I was still up to it. I devised a route that was 6.35 miles long, and whilst I never expected to make it all six miles wiles without slowing down, I set the target of 2 miles. The idea was to see if I was out of condition, and if so, how much by...
Needless to say, I'm not as fit as I used to be. I began to run out of breath after only about 400 metres, but somehow managed to keep the speed up until I reached the 1.1 mile mark. Annoyingly, I think I might have been able to go a bit further had it not been for the fact that I couldn't keep a constant pace - I was forever noticing that I'd sped up when I didn't want to.
At the 1.1 mile mark I slowed down to a walk. I didn't know how far I'd made it, but the 2 mile "waypoint" is very distinctive, and I knew I was still some way short of it. The original plan was to run for as long as I could, and then walk the remainder. However I was so disappointed with my effort, I decided that I'd instead walk for a while before coming back up to speed again.
Sure enough, at what would be my 5th waypoint (3.3 miles in) I came back up to running/jogging speed. I wasn't fully rested, but knew that it was only half a mile to the next waypoint (which is actually waypoint number 3), at which point I'm now returning along the same trail I started on, but in reverse, so I'm now heading back to the start mark.
When I got back to waypoint 1 - where I'd previously burned out, I decided that if I could run from the start (also the finish) to that waypoint, then I could do it in reverse too. I may have failed to do 2 miles all in one go, but I wasn't going to admit total defeat, and so settled for 2 miles total (at run/jog speed)
Success, back at home it was time to work out some stats, but I had no form of timer with me, so I only know what time I started and what time I finished, so I can't work out my high speed and my low speed, only the average between them. The distance from all my waypoints though, I do know very precisely thanks to Google Earth:
S - 1- Distance: 1.1 miles __ Surface: Trail __ Speed: jog/run
1 - 2- Distance: 0.9 miles __ Surface: Trail __ Speed: walk
2 - 3- Distance: 0.5 miles __ Surface: Pavement __ Speed: walk
3 - 4- Distance: 0.25 miles __ Surface: Pavement __ Speed: walk
4 - 5- Distance: 0.55 miles __ Surface: Pavement __ Speed: walk
5 - 3- Distance: 0.65 miles __ Surface: Trail __ Speed: jog/run
3 - 2- Distance: 0.5 miles __ Surface: Pavement __ Speed: walk
2 - 1- Distance: 0.9 miles __ Surface: Trail __ Speed: walk
1 - E- Distance: 1.1 miles __ Surface: Trail __ Speed: jog/run
jog/run distance: 2.85 miles
walk distance: 3.5 miles
Total distance: 6.35 miles
Total time: 100 minutes (+/- 1 minute)
Average speed: 3.81 mph
As you might gather, having not done this for 9 years, I felt great for doing it although decided not to today as I didn't want to overdo it. I was preparing to go again tomorrow but now notice discomfort in my upper legs, and I'm wondering what I should do tomorrow...