- Nov 17, 2008
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The best part about this thread is it gives you another vehicle to mercilessly shit on @edinatlantaI have always been an athlete, and even flirted with professionalism for a little while. I was an avid cyclist before my daughter was born and was routinely riding around 120-150 miles a week. On the other hand, I have never been a runner. That is, until the shutdown came and required some life changes...
My first 10 or so runs were relatively short and brutal. We live in a very hilly area, so there isnt much respite or ability to ease into things, so I struggled a lot at first. Things have gotten a lot better and I am enjoying running much more than I ever have in the past, but its still hard. In the last 4 weeks, I have run over 100 miles, with 37 of those miles coming last week. This is crazy for me considering the farthest I have ever run continuously prior to the shutdown was around 2 miles.
When I see some of the posts here describing runs over 10 miles with sub 8 pace, and sub 150 HR, it just makes me laugh. While my routes are very hilly, my around 8 minute/mile pace puts my in the 160-170 HR zone for most of the run. I cant imagine going faster with a much lower heart rate!
While I look forward to my runs now, I have also lost about 12 pounds now. I didnt have much to lose, and now that I am just under 160, my jackets fit like shit :/
Anyway, I've enjoyed reading here and think I'll stick around.