That Fourth Mile Seemed Much Longer Than The First Three…

just run mileToday was the day I decided it was time to run 4 miles, Modern Philosophers.

It might seem like adding a mile isn’t that much, but when you’ve been doing 3 miles, that’s a 33 1/3% jump (that sentence was brought to you by Mathematicians for Better Blogging!).

I have been preparing myself for the increase by adding a little distance to my runs, but I don’t think any of my first 8 adventures went much beyond 3.25 miles.

So, today’s journey involved a little mental preparation in addition to the usual stretching and finding the right music.  Once again, the skies threatened rain, but unlike yesterday, the storm hadn’t arrived yet by the time I left The House on the Hill.

Knowing that I needed to complete 4 miles definitely changed my approach.  I set a slower pace, made sure not to wear myself out on the early hills, and kept reminding myself that it was all about the distance rather than the time.

I’m not very good at guessing my pace, but I hoped I was cruising at about an 11:00 mile.  When I got to the 2 mile point, I was pleased to see that it had taken me 21:21.  The double blackjack not only seemed like a good omen, but it also made me feel confident that I’d have plenty of gas left in the tank for the return trip.

4-milesAt the 2.5 mile mark, I had to stop to take off my windbreaker.  If I hadn’t, my body might have run out of sweat.  I don’t know where it was all coming from, but I was drenched and the jacket had to go.

That short reprieve helped me to catch my second wind, and I was able to pick up the pace for the final 1.5 miles.

As usual, I tried to focus on the music and get lost in my thoughts to make the run pass faster, but I was too cognizant of my 4 mile goal to allow myself to get too distracted.  As a result, the last mile seemed to drag on for an eternity.

When I arrived back at The House on the Hill, the clock said it had taken me 41:37 to complete the 4 miles.  That was way better than I had expected, and I let out a little whoop, which I’m sure delighted my neighbors.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to continue at 4 miles for my morning runs, or limit those to 3 miles due to time constraints (I really don’t like getting up early as it is, so to get up even earlier to allow for an extra mile doesn’t appeal to me one bit!).  Perhaps I’ll keep it at around 3 miles on work mornings, and put in my 4 miles on the weekends.

Of course, if I could ever bring myself to run after work, I wouldn’t have to worry about waking up early.  I’ll figure it out eventually.

just runAll that matters right now, though, is that my tenth run in the last sixteen days was a 4 miler.  I’m making progress, sticking with it, and it appears that a return to regular 5 mile runs is in my not so distant future.

I keep telling myself, “Just run” and everything will work itself out.

That seems to be working.

What did you do wellness related today, Modern Philosophers?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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10 Responses to That Fourth Mile Seemed Much Longer Than The First Three…

  1. I slept. That may not seem like much, but having been so busy lately, my brain has had difficulty shutting off at night, so it meant a lot to me.

  2. micheledbeal says:

    healthy food, after an all to celebratory Saturday, back to the fitness world tomorrow

  3. ksbeth says:

    i never liked math, and this confirms it! today is walked my downtown route, ate healthy and got muddy in the garden )

  4. My goal to finish the Boston Marathon was just that – to finish. I think running is all about you, your feet and the time between start and finish – leave the watch at home and enjoy!

  5. I tackled 7 this morning and as a long-time runner, I say go on with your badself! That’s awesome that you were able to crank out 4 miles! Keep at it and in no time flat, you’ll be making like Forest and running like a fool 😉

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