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Monday, June 19, 2006

More on (or Moron) Running

The 8-Week Program for Beginning Runners suggests starting at running for 30 seconds then walking for 5 minutes. I did that. Ish. I walked for 5 minutes to warm up then ran for 30 seconds, then walked till the next even 5 minutes, then ran for about 40 seconds then walked till the next even 5 minutes and worked my way up to running for a little over a minute then walking till the next 5 minute mark by the end of my 45 minutes out of the house. Yeah, I went over the 30 minutes scheduled but I didn't know how far I could/would go in a half hour and I needed to get home so I might as well have added an extra run or two. The 8-Week Program page as well as several other running sites I visited said the most important thing is to listen to your body. If your body can do a little more then do a little more. I did a little more.

For our 9th Anniversary I got Jamie a pair of Sony MDR-NC11 Noise Cancelling Headphones to go with her SanDisk Sansaâ„¢ m250 2GB MP3 Player which I bought her for her birthday. I have had a pair of these headphones for more than a year and I can't say enough good about them. They have made riding much more comfortable. My hearing is going and the noise canceling headphones by themselves, without any music playing, cut down 90% of the wind noise. This saves me from having ringing ears after a few hundred miles on the Rockster. Jamie bought me the same Sandisk Sansa m250 2GB MP3 Player for our anniversary so now we have matched earphones and MP3 players (but she bought me a fancy case/clip for mines so we can tell them apart).

Anyway, this is part of my running arsenel now. Wired for sound, I returned from Saturday's run, appropriately enough, to Megadeth's Sweating Bullets, which I was. On today's run I started out at a minute, then walked for 4, then increased to a minute fourty-five by the end of it, taking a full five minutes to get home. I was only out for 32 minutes (its a work day so I cut my route for better timing). And I ran to Audioslave (I am the Highway, don'cha know).

As I said this running business is all training for my participation in the Klondike Relay. I am doing the 8.8 mile opening leg. At the end of the next 8 weeks I should be up to 30 minutes steady running each time out. I've done some math, simplified where I can, and I remember being told in High School that the average runner does a six minute mile. I don't expect to be average. I figure a ten minute mile. 8.8 miles at 10 minutes per mile, rounding up for a .2 mile margin of error, I should run my leg of the rely in 90 minutes. But I'll only but up to 30 minutes at the end of 8 weeks and I will only have another 3 weeks after to get up to 90. What should I do?

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