The Pros and Cons of Running Alone

Yesterday was a pretty nice day out – sunny, no clouds or wind, and it was actually above 40 degrees! It was great weather for a run, and I asked my fiance to come with me.

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We ran into a little friend on the way!

I love running with my fiance. He’s extremely encouraging, funny, and patient. He’s the best cheerleader anyone could ask for. Running with him is a lot different than running by myself, which is what I do 90% of the time. If some of you are wondering whether it would be good to get a running buddy, or better to pound the pavement on your own, here are some quick pros and cons.

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Red faced, fast pace

Woohoo! Today the average pace of my whole session was about a minute less than normal!

I went 2.84 miles in 47:40 minutes, for an average pace of 16’45”. 

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Adjusting expectations (Yesterday’s run)

Yesterday’s run was a little disheartening. It was the second time I was shooting to run 2 minute intervals, and I thought it would happen this time because the gale force winds in my town have finally subsided. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t in the cards.

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How my journey started

As you can probably tell by my first few posts, I’ve never really been the athletic type. In high school I spent most of my free time either reading or playing on the computer. Gym class had always been a nightmare.

I tried to get more into fitness in college, since the price of the membership to my university’s gym was built into my tuition anyway. I actually did pretty well for a while. At least three days a week I’d hit the treadmill and the weights, until I was actually able to jog a mile straight. That was huge for me, and it was something I was really proud of.

Unfortunately life decided to throw me another curve ball, and that year I had my first episode of tachycardia mixed with atrial flutter.

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Running away from The Walking Dead

I just wanted to share today’s triumph with you all. Today was a really long, rough day, and I’d been debating since yesterday whether I should run or not. Generally, I’m trying to run 3 or 4 times a week with rest days in between. I can’t run on Thursdays because I volunteer, and today I had a doctor’s appointment immediately after work which had me walking in my door at about 6:15 – past dark.

You wanna guess the first thing I did when I got home? Kicked off my shoes, turned on The Walking Dead, and popped a homemade soft pretzel into the oven.

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