Running Journal: Day 41

Last year when I decided to see if I could run around the track while my son played a flag football game, no one was more surprised than me when I made it all the way around 3 times without stopping. I was so stunned that I Tweeted the news. I was even more stunned when I got up the next morning and the first thing I wanted to do was run. That was weird. I kept up my running for several months, then got lazy between October and February.

I picked it back up again in early March and have not stopped since. It's hard to describe why I like to run. I touched upon the connection between fitness and business in a general sense in this post, but I think I only scratched the surface. I think there's more to it, specifically where running is concerned. I'll think about that, and if I can put it into words, you know I'll share it here.

The photo is of one of my Asics GT-2150 running shoes. I chose this model because a gait analysis showed that I tend to pronate when I run, and I have a bit of a pronounced arch.

You can learn more about the importance of well fitting running shoes in my radio show interview with marathon runner Laura McClain. In the meantime, inspired by Perry Romanowski, I have decided to journal my running, with the help of RunKeeper (see video here).

I started on March 2. I haven't been counting each running day, but my best estimate is that, since then, I've run a total of about 40 days. So I'll call this Running Journal: Day 41. (I'll check that number when I get a chance, and correct it if I'm wrong. Which I probably am.)

Here are my running stats for today:

  1. Weather. 72°F, clear and beautiful
  2. Location. Siskey YMCA outdoor dirt track
  3. Distance. 3.02 miles
  4. Calories. 266
  5. Time. 7:39pm
  6. Run Time. 48.27 minutes
  7. Average Pace. 16:01 minutes/mile
  8. Playlist. Thriller by Michael Jackson, Van Halen's “Jump”
  9. Condition. Very slight shin splint felt in left leg early on, disappeared mid-run. Felt strong, with a surge during “Jump.”

I am a very new runner. I also started kind of late in life at age 46. If you have any tips or running wisdom to share, I would be most grateful.

Question: Do you run? If so, why?

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