This is where I run when I’m in WA state, at least during the week. This is the White River in Orting, WA.
My running is becoming easier and more enjoyable since I switched to the Galloway run/walk method. This morning I did 32 minutes: run 1/walk 1 for 2 miles and then walked 2 more and my running pace has dropped to 12:15 or so from 13:30 or so. It’s just challenging enough for me to work up a sweat, but just as I get pretty pooped from running, it’s time to walk again and therefore, time to recover. NOW I don’t worry if I can keep up the running, because I’ve found what works for ME.
One of the things that works for me is to not hang out with “real runners” who are online at running sites. That’s what always screwed me up in the past: those people who say that if you aren’t running full out, always working to improve your pace, you’re not a real runner, you’re a walker. I always wonder who died and made those people boss? Arrogance, I hear your name!!
I’ve decided. I’ve started training for a 1/2 marathon. I’ve been looking for one to sign up for..I’m just not sure what state I’ll be doing it in. My husband and I travel so much that I usually don’t know until about 2 weeks before we fly, which state we’re spending the month in. So I might have to just loosely chose a race and then sign up for it close to race time-and just pay the extra price they always require. Nevertheless, I’m excited at the idea of having some goals out there in the near future that require me to be really fit! Now, I can’t wait for the spring and summer!