Today I was at my mother’s house when I decided to go for my run. (I usually do it on Sunday evenings, but my girlfriend and I went to her 20 year high school reunion, then had to grocery shop, then do chores, etc., so it would have been ridiculously late if I waited.)
I decided to go from her house on Central Avenue, down to Spring Avenue, and then over this road known as the Crossways. A road called Pinewoods Avenue is at the other end of the Crossways, and this one connects to the OTHER end of Central Avenue. I figured this would be a good route because I had a destination: getting back to mom’s house. This would eliminate my urge to keep looking at the distance I had run on my Nike app; instead, I would avoid looking at it until I was back in front of mom’s.
At this point I should also mention that the reason I chose this path was because it was the closest to a flat 1.5 mile running course that I could think of. Why did I need it to be flat? Well, I wanted to simulate the University Police Officer 1 agility test. When I was told I could attend the agility test at SUNY New Paltz, they were going to have us run around the track, which of course is flat.
As I reached the halfway point of the Crossways, I started getting a little bored so I decided to do some chest level punches. I did 100. It was during this process that my app announced I was done with 0.75 miles of my run. Meanwhile, here I was reaching the end of the Crossways.
Why was this a bad thing? Because I knew when I got back to mom’s street, the opposite end of Central Avenue was all uphill. CRAP!!! Now what was I going to do?
I went to the end of the Crossways and decided to make the best of it. I ran a little while along Pinewoods. When that got too steep, I turned around and ran back down. By the time I got back to the Crossways, I had to drop down to a walk. However, this lasted only about 0.05 of a mile before I started running again.
And guess what?
I did my 1.5 in 18 minutes and 11 seconds! This comes after my slowest time of 20:06.
So what are my thoughts on all of this? Well, here are a few:
*My friend Robert (a Certified Personal Trainer, who also happens to be my mom’s tenant) came outside and watched me run to see my stride. He determined that I have a very short stride due to the way my body is built, which of course cannot be changed. However, he did offer a few tips for now that will help me get better. (One of them was training myself to keep my core tight by engaging it even when I am just walking around the office or sitting in a computer chair, like I am doing now! It’s kind of hard to explain how this will benefit my run, so I won’t bother trying.) He is also going to look into ways that a person can lengthen their stride.
*Although I know it didn’t put any more stress on my leg muscles, I think I should leave the punching out next time. I did it to shorten my training time later in the day by doing two things at once, but I think it hurt me because it expended more energy.
*If I HAD been on a flat surface today, then I think I could have completed the run in less than 18 minutes. Quite a change from the first run, which was only about two weeks ago. On top of that, I haven’t even gotten around to my accelerated running speed yet; that comes in month 2.
Long story short, I think I’ve got this agility test in the bag. Who knows? Once I kill the time for the test, I might decide to start running a full 2 miles, and then maybe more, and then maybe more, and then…well, you get the idea.
As for the rest of my training today, I did the following:
*Sil Lum Tao with 100 chest-level punches
*Biu Jee with 100 head-level punches
*Mook Jong with 100 stepping punches
*Chum Kiu 4 times (twice slow, twice fast), all with 100 pivoting punches for 400 total
*100 chest-level punches
*100 head-level punches
*100 pivoting punches
HAVE YOU TRAINED TODAY? IF SO, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT IT SO PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!