One of my students said I was a secret gansta. I'm okay with that.
I don't really see myself as a "serious" runner. I see myself as a "play" runner, even though I do run about four times a week. What's the difference, you may ask?
Let's go to the Make-It-Up-On-The-Spot dictionary, courtesy of Lois Lane II.
Serious runner (seer-ee-uhs ruhn-er)-- a runner who actually runs the full eight miles needed to this week breezily and who (obviously) does not ridiculously sweat in the skin-tight workout pants
Play runner (pley ruhn-er) -- a runner who'd rather talk than run and who enjoys running for a six-minute time, walk one minute, run five minutes, walk one minute, and then goes back and forth for three to four minutes of running to one to two minutes walking because she's exhausted and has sweat dripping down her face (if it's not unbearably cold)
As a side note, what do you do when you want to run outside and it is FREEZING? (Okay, okay, for those of you who live in one of the 40 states north of me, I understand that 30 degrees is not cold to you -- but it's cold to me!!!) The church's exercise room is not open on weekends (or Friday nights), so our long runs on Saturdays HAVE to be outside. Any suggestions on how to warm my body up before it goes out in the miserable cold to cry?
Here's my more pressing question, though: Is it better to run slower and longer or the way I was before (faster but with more breaks)? I tried the slower-run-thing Tuesday and found that after 2.25 miles, I was not huffing or puffing or breathing heavily at all -- but my time was not good AT ALL (it was about 3 mins slower than usual). So....any suggestions? Thoughts? Comments?
Oh, and to the increased happiness of my parents and hubby, I finally went to go see my allergist. I have asthma and, while running obviously HELPS your breathing (so states Dr. L. Lane II), they were anxious that I would not have the breathing capability to make it a half-marathon.
I have not taken medicine for my asthma in over four years, but, unfortunately, I did discover that my lung capacity has dropped to 91%. Which IS NOT THAT BAD. But I did get put on two different mediciations -- one which I'm supposed to take before I run and which makes me SUPER RUNNER. That's when I ran 2.25 miles EASY. I'm not sure if it was because of the slower pace or the meds, but it was one of the most fun runs I've had -- and that was after exercising on the elliptical. =D
And three miles is set for tonight! I can't wait!