Thursday, July 28, 2011

Still going

I'm still here and getting out there when I can. Last week it was scorching hot (felt like 115 with code red air quality and heat advisories), so I didn't go out at all. But Saturday morning we were up early, so I took Jack out for a long(ish) run. It was actually my first run since the 5k I did last month, and it was also the longest run I've done on my own since before Jack was born. Granted it was only about 3 miles, but considering my usual run is about 1.3 miles, that's pretty good! There's a route around my neighborhood I've done a few times that is 2 1/2 miles. I went further than that and don't know the exact distance, but it's at least 3 miles and probably more. I had planned to walk some but I ended up running the whole time, including up 5 hills (while pushing the stroller)! I only stopped twice and that was to wait for the walk signal to cross the road. I plan to do this long run again this weekend and I'll track the distance this time.

I haven't run at all this week, but with the lower temps and humidity, I have been walking at work. For 3 days in a row (today included), I've walked a 1.25 mile loop around my building. I now have an app on my phone called Runkeeper which has a built-in GPS and tracks your activity. Each day I've gotten a little faster and can complete the distance in just under 20 minutes. Because I'm in my work clothes, I'm not trying to break any records! I enjoy the fresh air (I hate being inside all day) and breaking a small sweat. It's better than nothing! There's another heat advisory scheduled for tomorrow so I'll probably stay indoors. But it was nice while it lasted!

I also found a couple of kids runs for Jack to do in the fall, as well as a 2-mile family run that I can do while pushing him in the jogger. I'm going to look for more 5k's and hopefully work my way back up to a 10k! I'll post more info in case anyone in the D.C. area is interested.

Happy running (and walking)!