Mile 1 - 9:25
Mile 2 - 18:47 (9:22)
Mile 3 - 27:59 (9:12)
It was my first outside run, discounting the track workout. I feel dragged, but my wind was OK. I never pressed, but started at an easy pace and stuck with it.
I feel I accomplished two things:
- Ran when I didn't feel like it.
This will lead to fitness, which will lead to better runs.
- Ran a somewhat steady, quickening pace.
I need to learn to run again. This begins that education. Tomorrow afternoon, I will try to repeat the today's pace, but over four miles.
My form is shaky at best because of having been off the track, but also because my body is different. I am trying to relearn running from head to toe, literally, accommodating my heavier, older body.
Running at COD is different than at Wheaton College. My old high school track was in better shape in the 1980s than this one. Parts of the rubber coating are coming off, pieces of equipment were in the first lane, weeds poked through along the edge. The coating was low quality in general, not kept up well specifically.
COD is a leading community college in the United States in a financially strong county. That a small private college has a far superior track is strange.
When I arrived this afternoon, the sound of brown and white birds screamed in the infield. One flew close over my head, to let me know I was close to their nest. I have had this problem with red wing blackbirds and geese, so I took them seriously. I shook my keys, clapped my hands, and kept moving. A few laps later, the birds left. The legend of Hitchcock remains.