An Odd Running Coincidence

Today I set out on a long (for me) run and decided that I should run somewhere new. I opted for a nice greenway stretch I'd run once before. It's an out and back and flat. Perfect. I was going to run 20 minutes, walk 3, run 20 minutes. I'm following the "10K Runner" app's plan. I'm also running off plan here and there, but trying to make sure I keep knocking out the planned runs as well.

So, after my run, I was saying how I'd run this same route last winter and I should compare times. Last year, I didn't stop and walk at all, so I presumed I would have been faster a year ago. Well, that wasn't true. Even with walking 3 minutes today, I was faster. The strangest thing was discovering that I'd actually run this greenway on the exact same day last year -- and almost to the minute! How random and odd is that? I'm not sure that that means, lol, but it seemed extremely odd. I did take a wrong turn on today's run, which made me run a few hills that the greenway avoids.

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Fall Back....Reset

I pretty much hate it getting dark so early after the end of Daylight Savings time, but there is one silver lining. It gets light early enough (at least for now) for me to get out and exercise before I start working. I don't like to run in the dark so being able to run at 7am again is a big plus. After joining the Y in the summer, I've really been pretty haphazard about exercise plans. I went from 3 runs a week last fall, to 2 runs a week + 3 days of bootcamp in the winter/spring, to kind of whatever after that. I took various classes, did some stuff on my own, used the elliptical and treadmills at the Y, etc. Then I kind of skated thru September (vacation 'month') and October (birthday 'month') with random days of exercise before trying to get back into a groove.

I decided I'd try to focus on being able to run a 10k and downloaded a new app on my phone and tried to jump in at the point where you can run a 5k. I'd been running mostly on the Y's treadmills and found that running on the street was more difficult (naturally) which was frustrating since that's all I did for my first 8 months. So, a long way around to finally decide to use this program and start from the beginning. The program varies a little than my C25K I did last fall so I figured I'll just do the whole thing from the start and get back into the groove of running in the mornings (which I was faithful in doing for over 6 months). I'll also be able to do some stuff at the Y in the evenings, but I'll have to figure out if that's classes or something else.

So, Week 1 Day 1 was today and talk about a confidence boost! It's definitely nice to not be starting from "the couch".
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