Looking cute for my run. (Yes I did my makeup!)
My downfall was that I wanted to try a new route. Usually I walk 4 blocks uphill and then I have several blocks that are decently flat at the very top of Nob Hill and about three weird laps makes a 2 miles.
I wanted variety!
I wanted to run by the bay!
I wanted something pretty!
I wanted to kill myself apparently!
It was awful. Truly a dumb decision. The hills were so steep on the way down I was afraid of running them too fast because tripping and falling would have meant serious injuries. Plus I had to go up hills to get to the bay. Then I was at Fisherman's Wharf. The fried food smell was gross. I had a full half mile of trying not to gag and run. Then there were the tourists. Everywhere. I don't dislike tourists, but I also don't usually try to run though a crowd of them. Not their fault that I have ill thought out ideas.
It wasn't all bad. I had some great views. The hills are good for building character. (Yeah right!) I got to pet a pretty dog. I got to see Alcatraz Island. I got to watch the last of the fog lift off the Golden Gate Bridge. I got to see other attractive people jogging. ^_~
I got 5 miles of jogging in. In fact I got a lot more than that in. I did a total of 6.5 miles. I walked the steepest hills. I did get tired and walk some other parts too, but at least 5 of those miles were at a jogging pace. I would go all giddy about the mileage, but I didn't feel as good doing those miles as I did last weeks 5. So I do have a new record for how far I've jogged.
Unfortunately there were a couple of other problems that plagued my run. I had a stitch in my side for at least half a mile that happened earlier in the week as well. I also felt really slow. So many other people kept passing me. Sometimes I feel like I'm doing really well, and then I see how good other people are and I get discouraged. Plus I had a really hard time keeping a steady pace and it was driving me nuts.
Me- "I need more mini skirts"
Boyfriend- "For running?"
Me- "Of Course!"
After the fact, which involved walking back UP the insanely steep hills, I was thinking about how I feel like I'm not that great at running, but I have to give myself a break. I've only been running for 27 days and I can't expect to be great at something I am so new at. Simply being competent, not hurting myself, as well as being able to enjoy something I previously hated, is darn good progress in 4 weeks.