On Thursday, April 26th, I broke my 2012 best 1/4 mile time by 4 seconds. Actually, it was 4 seconds faster than my fastest time (very slow by the way) since Police Academy. Which isn’t saying much since I really haven’t ran much since then and that was 11 years ago. And I was 185lbs when I started the Academy in June of 2001. I’m running 215lbs this past few weeks. So 30lbs heavier.
I wore my new lightweight New Balance shoes. Walked 1/4 mile to warmup for the first 1/4 mile run. Did my 1/4 mile run then walked 1/2 mile. Ran another 1/4 mile and it was 23 seconds faster than my first 1/4 mile. Walked 1 mile to cooldown.
On Friday, April 27th, I broke my 2012 best 2-mile time by 34 seconds. I’ve been having a terrible time trying to gauge my running speed “out of the chute” so I kept very close tabs on my RunKeeper program on my phone and set a timer to remind me to check my speed/distance every 1/4 mile to make sure I was on target to at least get close to my best 2-mile time this year. I’ve only run it 3 times. Oh, I also ran the entire 2 miles while breathing only through my nose. Which was very hard for me! It was torture for the last 1/4 mile. I wanted desperately to open my mouth and gasp all the way to the finish line. But I held off and kept telling myself I had already made it that far and not to ruin it in the last few minutes. For this run I wore an older pair of New Balance that still have a lot of life in them. Not the ones I usually wear – which is why I keep track in my notes. For what it’s worth.