Monday, July 18, 2011
Dinner, New-er Book, and Success
I know that in one of my recent posts I said that I was going to read Ultramarathon Man. I had every intention to do so, but my great sister-in-law said that Born to Run was the buzz book at the moment. I went to amazon.com and looked it up, and the premise was much more interesting than UMM. I'm about 80% done with BtR, and I LOVE it. Christopher McDougall did a great job with the book. It feels more like a narrative than a running how to book. He definitely favors barefoot running. It makes me a little excited to take my fivefingers out for a run soon. He looks into the science and history of running in an interesting way. Two amazing runners who have inspired me (thanks to the book) are Emil Zatopek and Scott Jurek. They were/are amazing people who happen(ed) to also be great athletes. They're definitely worth looking up on Wikipedia.
Success- I met my running goal for today! It was so pretty exhilarating :)
Here's a breakdown of my run:
4 miles @5.5mph
0.5 miles @5mph
0.5 miles @4.5mph
The rest @4mph
Total miles = 5.51
Total calories burned = 986
I have to say that I am incredibly grateful for my running partner, Terilyn. She's the reason I was able to finish my first 5K in just over 33 minutes, and it is so much easier to run 4+ miles with her on the path or treadmill with me. If you're trying to pick up running, a running friend is invaluable. I'm good at pushing myself, but I am more determined when I know that someone else is counting on my to reach the goals I've set for myself. Having a blog to keep me accountable has also been great. I appreciate all of the blog comments, e-mails and Facebook comments I receive from people who read my posts. It definitely helps me keep my eye on the prize.
Terilyn and I are scouting out 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons! It's possible that we will attempt a half marathon in the fall :)