Making New Goals

I’ve decided that I really need to push myself harder than I have been. I’ve just been slowly running, and then I stop when I get tired. Last night when we got to the drill hall, I decided that instead of going in and using the elliptical (I hate the drill hall’s treadmills) I was going to run outside. There are a couple of courses on base, so I figured that I’d follow the 1.5 mile out and back…but when I got to the turn around point I wasn’t even slightly tired so I decided to run to Marc’s office which I guessed was basically double the run that I had planned. It went ok. I had to stop and walk sometimes, but then I would get running again as quickly as I could, even when I was still breathing heavy or had side stitches (I didn’t drink enough water yesterday and I knew it going in) I made it out to Marc’s office and back which turned out to be 3 miles. 3 miles isn’t very far, but I’m such a beginner…I’m actually a re-beginner because I took so much time off during the summer that I need to really get conditioned. So my mini-goal is to get working on that 3 mile loop and master running it without needing to rest at all. From there I want to keep adding a mile that I can run without stopping.
One big problem with that loop is that the road isn’t even slightly level. I feel like I am running at a horrible angle, and that is really putting additional stress on one side of my body, which isn’t a good thing for sure. I know that roads aren’t all flat and perfect, but I feel like I’m really misaligning my body, so I’m going to look for other places to run where the road has a little less tilt.
All in all, I’m excited about this and really want to keep this up. Today is an off day as I have class, but Wednesday I’ll be back out there giving it my all.

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