In West Farmington, I found a lovely county road that stretched from Glovers Lane to Centerville. It’s a county road, non-paved with very little traffic at all (I only saw 2 trucks and 1 motorcycle pass me the whole time). I like solitude—no one to judge me or poke fun.
I started out well. I ran some. I walked some. I puttered out quickly, BUT I made myself go on, even if it was just walking. When I reached 1.2 miles down this road, I turned around and made a pact: “Okay, Angela. You can do it! Yes, you can! Run to that first electrical pole and then you can walk to the next one.” (Ya, I talk to myself—often. Not just in running either).
That was my plan. I would run to the first pole, walk to the second, run to the next one, and then walk once again. I would do this the whole way—no wimping out. I would do it, I would!
And I did. I loved it, weird but true. The poles were spaced far enough apart that I felt it was doable. Typically, they are spaced 125 feet apart according to Wikipedia. Not a large distance, but not shabby either. I guess in some ways this method is almost like the run 1 minute, walk 2 minute training guide I had posted earlier on the training tab above.
I like that road. It gave me a visual guide to follow. I will walk/run it again. Who knows, maybe I can get to a point of run past 2 poles, walk the 3rd cycle. That would be nice. My goals aren’t huge, I’m just trying to keep them doable.
I walked/ran a total of 2.44 miles in 41.44 minutes. Not great, but gives me plenty of room for improvement.