Before I start, I'm a sprinter, the longest race I EVER did in high school was the 400m. The thought of running more than 1 lap made me dizzy. The main reason for that was I grew up being told that running = lows. So I decided (in my young gradeschool head) "if I spend less time running, then I'll get less lows!" and so... I became a sprinter.
But recently, I found a plaque in the basement. It was awarded to my dad for having the freshman mile speed record at his school, with a time of 4:46. I asked him about it, and he told me that all he did was run home from the bus stop "it was a mile, UP HILL both ways!" Looking at him now, you couldn't tell, but that blows my 6:30 mile time out the window!
It got me thinking, what if I was actually meant to be a distance runner? I was always pretty mediocre at sprints (at least, competitively) So now that I can manage my bloodsugar on my own, I'm thinking about starting to run distance.
The question is, how do I start? I can only go about a mile and a half before having to walk. Should I just run a mile every day like my dad did?
Finally ran the ENTIRE thing today!!! YES!
I even brought my watch! I ran it in 28:47 (9 minute pace. its a start, right?)
Awesome!! That's faster than I go most of the time. I have to get all wound up and have perfect conditions to smoke one. And I live in Illinois, where it's flaaaaat!
thanks man! I'm used to my track workouts where if you aren't passed out you aren't running fast enough. So I guess thats where I'm getting my determination from!
Well, that and theres about 5 guys that used to be on the XC team who can run sub 20:00 (one even sub 18:00) and I want to at least be able to keep up on their workouts someday!