As I mentioned before, one of my roommates promised me that we would run together at least three days a week and in exchange for her giving up smoking, I promised I’d give up chocolate. Things didn’t turn out quite the way we planned.
She only ran with me that first day and she never even went a whole day without smoking. After a week of me begging her to run with me again, I realized that I was wasting my time. I finally came to the conclusion that if I wanted to do this, I would have to do it on my own. So that’s what I’m doing.
I find it much harder to run alone, especially since I’m still not sure how to pace myself. One day I “ran” the entire loop of my school without stopping or slowing down. I was so proud of myself, but the next day when my legs weren’t even sore, I realized that I was jogging much too slow. Today I picked up the pace from the start so that wouldn’t happen again, but had to slow down to a walk twice before I could finish. I must have been going too fast. (It was also really windy outside.)
Do any of you runners out there have any tips for learning how to pace yourself?