I haven't posted about running in a really long time and there's a good reason for that: I really haven't been running! After accomplishing my goal of a 5K a few years ago, I added variety back into my workouts and only run when I feel like it. I still really like running but I have been much more casual about it. For example, last week I ran/walked twice. Once for one mile and once for a mile and half.
But then one of our friends posted online about a 4 mile run/2 mile walk on November 28th. This caught my eye because Kayleigh will be home for Thanksgiving. I sent it to her and Bill to see if they would be interested. I was thinking of the walk, A 4 mile run would have been out of my league 3 years ago, let alone now! But Bill sent me a text immediately saying we should do the run. When I pointed out to him I actually had to train several months to just do 3 miles, he said, "You have a month. You can do it." Really?!?
I wrote him off as being insane but the idea set in my head for a couple days. This morning I decided to get on the treadmill and just see what 4 miles feels like. I did a combination of running and walking (much more walking than running) and kept my speeds as high as I could. My best run ever was at the 5K where I ran the whole thing and my time was 33:40 (I think). Today with plenty of walking, I did 4 miles in 54:20. That's about 14 miles per hour which actually isn't too bad for me. When I was running all the time, I would go between 11 and 12 miles an hour with my best being 10.
Am I actually considering doing this? We'll see. I'd also like to point out that I don't run in bad weather and the Chicago area
at the end of November isn't really ideal! But if I survived the humidity of August a few years ago, maybe (I said maybe!) I can handle November's cold.