|This morning's course.|
So, this morning I set out with the intent of putting in "60 minutes easy," as suggested in the previously mentioned Runner's World plan (picking up at Week 3 of the 12 week plan). Following through with this would represent two shifts: first, the cumulative time would be about 20 minutes greater than my most recent runs, and secondly, I would need to continue working on an easy(ier) pace to allow for continuing through the run in its entirety.
So, how did it go?
Pretty okay. I felt really good immediately afterwards (which is to be expected): I went the entire 60 minutes without stopping at what a felt was a reasonable--if too fast--pace (a little more than 9 minutes per mile) and recovered my breathing rather quickly following the e run's completion. Using time did permit me a slightly longer walk immediately following which was nice. If there was a physical point of concern it was in my legs (specifically tightness in left thigh and right knee), as they grew tired in all likelihood due to the length of the run. Overall, I felt very positive about the results.
So will this slight change in tact help pull me from my rut? Certainly, after one day it is difficult to judge, but minimally the attempt has moved me toward following a structured plan and given me some confidence and hope of eventual improvement... so I'll take it!