Refreshed, ready, resilient.
Day 12 and I feel good about the run. I woke up ready to take on the day and ready for the challenges ahead. I drank some beet juice with B12 and did some stretching before jumping on the treadmill. I didn’t do a separate warm up so the 30 minutes is the full warm up and cool down but only made it 3.18 miles. During that time I did run at a pretty steady 7.5 miles per hour for a good portion of the time so that was pretty good. I got up to 10 MPH for almost a quarter mile, which I think is a good goal for this week, to be able to sustain 10 mph for .25 miles or more. I may start using the interval training on the treadmill to see if that is helpful.
Refreshed, Ready, Resilient is more than a tag line for this blog post, its a sort of mantra. To be refreshed you have to make sure that you are able to plan for rest and recovery time. To be ready you should be refreshed and prepared. Ready is a state of mind as well as having the right tools, you can have all of the tools in the world but they won’t do you any good if you are not ready. Ready to use them, ready to learn about them, ready to practice with them. Resilience is defined as the ability to withstand harsh conditions and it partially goes back to the state of mind. Resilience can be improved over time. By getting your physical form into better shape will make it more resilient. It is the combination of the mind and body being prepared and ready that makes one resilient. Just as resilience can increase it can also decrease over time. The ravages of age as well as poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of variety and reduced mental stimulation are some of the factors that can decrease your resilience.
As you may be able to tell by the photos my treadmill has an incline feature. If I get up to 4 miles in 30 minutes consistently I will increase the incline and every time I get my distance back to 4 miles in 30 minutes I will increase the incline by another notch.
To be able to run 4 miles in 30 minutes would mean that i would be running an average of 8 mph, I think that is a reasonable stretch goal and one that is within reach. If I ran at 8 mph per hour on average I should be able to run 3 miles in 22 minutes and 30 seconds. This is pretty close to my run time when I was actually I the service.