I Have Several Things To Tell You…

1. You guys are great. Thank you.

2. Here’s something. So. You all know that I’ve been running (because I won’t shut up about it). Today I went for a run right after lunch in weather that was unexpectedly much warmer than I expected it to be while I was wearing too many clothes.

Anywho, long story short, I was less than a mile and a half into my run when I decided to give in and turn the run into a walk. That is not the problem.

You may know that I am a slow runner and that I am working on bringing my speed up. My medium-term speed goal is a 12 minute mile. So I was delighted that my speed on that 1.43 miles was an average of a 12:06 minute mile.

Then I walked the rest of the way home at a 13:53 minute mile pace. This is also not the problem. The problem is that I look at my distance log and this is what I see:

Side note: I know it's not really *that* much, but I'm going to have more than 50 miles this month! Yay!

Side note: I know it’s not really *that* much, but I’m going to have more than 50 miles this month! Yay!

If you look at the 23rd and 24th, when I ran slightly longer distances not on the treadmill (on which I do intervals, so a slower average), my pace was more than a 14 minute mile.

WHY DO I WALK FASTER THAN I RUN?

Should I just walk? I know I slow down when I get more tired after a few miles, but COME ON. How slow must I be running those later miles if my average is 14+ minute miles? What is happening?

I mean, I KNOW what is happening is that I keep trying and the longer I run, the faster I will get, but I don’t understand.

I just had to get that off of my chest.

3. I am SO excited about this next thing. I am a new contributing writer over at Autism Women’s Network and my first post went up Tuesday. How cool is that?

I wrote about my autism diagnosis and how I feel like Jack gave me a tremendous gift by helping me see myself in a clearer light. Please go check out my article over there: The Gift of Self-Knowledge.

4. My mom has been in town visiting and is actually leaving Wednesday, much to the chagrin of my children. I wrote about how her visits help me out over at White Knuckle Parenting: When Nana Comes to Town.

5. I would like to reiterate that you all are awesome.

17 thoughts on “I Have Several Things To Tell You…

  1. You’re awesome! We’re all awesome!

    …But obviously, Nana is ALWAYS the most awesome. My kids would leave me in a flat second at the promise of Nana time.

  2. re: time – are you stopping at a lot of stoplights?

    IMO time does not matter at all for fitness. If your heart rate’s where you want it, it’s doing the job.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Holy crap that’s a lot of miles. Seriously. Congrats. Running is such a screwy thing to me. I feel like it’s so hard, that I should see instant rewards. Yet, my average time rarely speeds up. Even when I think I’m going faster, I’m not. But someday… And congrats on the new writing gig!

    • I was reading about running and physiology and guess what – you walk faster than you slow run because running is HARDER than walking. With walking, your body weight remains mostly balanced in the same position. With running, you are physically changing your balance point with every step, essentially jumping from foot to foot. That’s harder for your body to deal with. Thus, running slow can be slower than walking fast!

  4. First time commenter — Hi! I’m guessing that your GPS is a little off. Under 14 minutes per mile is really very fast for walking. Unless you feel like you’re speed-walking, that’s probably not accurate. But I could be wrong.

  5. Obviously you’re already good at walking fast, probably because you have three kids and you practice it every time you take them anywhere. Running is different and harder and I bet you get worn out enough by the end of a run that you don’t move as fast as walking when you’re fresh. That would definitely happen to me if I ever got off my couch to run!

  6. I walk for exercise, because I can’t run, or else I wind up in physical therapy after reinjuring my knees. Again.

    And I mean, I WALK. Not super fast or anything, but well over 10 miles a week, sometimes closer to 20. And I have NEVER EVER gotten ANYWHERE near a sub-14-minute mile. Except when my GPS is wonky. 18 minutes is AMAZING for me. My goal is to keep it under 20. So I’m going to have to agree with previous commenter Malena and say that I think your GPS is wonky. Because if that’s NOT the case, then I have to admit that I SUCK at walking, and that will make me very, very sad. (Please say your GPS is wonky?)

  7. First of all, you are getting in lots of miles. Yay!
    Elaine’s comment ‘I was reading about running and physiology and guess what – you walk faster than you slow run because running is HARDER than walking.’ makes a lot of sense.
    So, *is* the difference between walking and running related to the amount of energy expended? Is interval training better, over all?
    Also, what is C210K W1D1?
    Karen

  8. Also, I just clicked thru to your mileage log.
    Maybe, look at the trend over two or more months? Some days will be slower, some will be faster.
    :)

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