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Running…halfway point (week 2 & week 3)

I finished off week 2 by hitting my 15 minute running goal. I went on a shorter run than usual due to some time constraints, but I still got the job done. I could feel my own limits as I pushed myself and I found I started to hit a wall at about the 14 minute mark. However, I think as I increase my time to twenty minutes, I’ll be able push through and it will get much easier. You can actually see how I was struggling by the number of white circles near the end of the run. This indicates that I pressed the button on my iPod to get an update of my pace and the time remaining. I think I pressed it every thirty seconds trying to get to that fifteen minute mark, lol.

I’m trying not to rely too much on my iPod for pacing, instead focusing on my body’s natural rhythm and what feels right. Everyone has a natural stride, the speed at which their body is operating at it’s most efficient peak and I’m trying to find mine. I was also happy to report that now that I’m running a little bit longer (by my standards) I’m no longer just thinking about how much my lungs are hurting, but am starting to enjoy being outside and using the time to reflect and work through anything that’s on my mind.

I was feeling so good at keeping up a steady running schedule that I decided to pack my running gear and take it with me to Boston. I landed at about 5pm (11pm Geneva time) and it was just such a beautiful day that I couldn’t resist not going out to explore the city. Even though I was feeling so tired and jet lagged, I laced up my runners and headed out to jog along Boston’s stunning Esplanade. It was so beautiful, I couldn’t stop gawking at the scenery. The river was dotted with white sailboats and rowers and there were plenty of runners and cyclists taking advantage of the last few hours of sunlight.  Personally, I love to run around (not necessarily with) other runners. It keeps me motivated, and I can’t say I hate seeing fit guys running without a shirt. A girl needs some entertainment!

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I found the time passed quickly with so much to visually take in. I even passed a group of people taking an outdoors salsa class. If I lived here I would be down by the water everyday. I really feel that Boston is a city I could be very happy living in. Except for the whole East Coast winter thing. I escaped Toronto’s harsh winters and I am NOT going back to that anytime soon.

I did about 16 minutes of running but was so tired that I couldn’t do anymore. I felt pretty good though because I’m getting closer and closer to the 5k mark within my 30 minute time frame. 4.43 km when I run for half the time and walk for half the time. I bet I could easily hit 5k if I ran consistently at this speed. I’m aiming for a 5 minutes per km.

I feeling a little jet lagged again today in Geneva. I might try to go for a shorter run tonight, when it’s a bit cooler. Otherwise I’ll be back on track tomorrow. I’m hoping to hit the 20 minute mark by the end of this week. Twenty minutes, when three weeks ago I couldn’t even run five! I feel like I’ve made so much progress.

You can follow my running progress here.

Comments: 1

  • Jodie Lightfoot

    July 28, 2010

    Hi Rahaf!

    This post is inspiring – you can tell you let go of worrying how fast/far you were running in Boston just to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. That’s when you know you’re getting close to that elusive ‘Runner’s High’ – next thing you’ll know, you may actually end up smiling as you run! 😉

    Congrats on the progress!!

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