Happy National Running Day! This year I celebrated by going for a run in Central Park! That’s right, I’m finally back in the park after my broken ankle sidelined me for a year.
I also officially graduated myself from the Couch to 5K program, because even though I’m only in week 7 of the 9 week program, I’ve been able to cover 3.1 miles three times now. The last few C25K workouts are just continuous jogging for 25 minutes anyway, so it didn’t make sense to go back down to long (3 minute) walk breaks. Thanks, C25K, for getting me back out there, though!
Since I’m no longer using the C25K app, I tried the “Zombies, Run” app today for the first time! If you’re not familiar with the app, it basically narrates a story by playing short clips of people talking to you as if you’re running through a post-apocalyptic zombie-filled world… and occasionally you get chased by zombies so you have to speed up or lose items you virtually “gather” along the way. I really enjoyed the first episode (especially the British radio announcer) but the zombies scared me exactly like I feared they would, and I ran too fast and was nervous. Luckily, I was going downhill, so I escaped the zombies and ran the fastest mile (by far) that I’ve run in over a year. Even better, you can turn the zombie chase feature off, which I think I’ll do because I’m just too agitated by stuff like that. (Says the girl who would have heart palpitations playing the “PAWS” typing test game in elementary school as she watched the cat’s paw prints slowly chase her text across the screen…) (By the way I looked everywhere online for that game and can’t find it.)
It’s also only 22 short weeks until the NYC Marathon! I even signed up for the NYRR virtual trainer because I really want my hand held for this race. And since Nike hasn’t offered me their Tesla pacer car (yet), I needed to look for other support. Luckily the cute PT is also offering me help along the way (and telling me to stretch my quads and hamstrings to reduce knee pain – who knew?!).
If you missed running today, Global Running Day is coming up next Wednesday! Hope to see you out there!
Did you notice NYRR doesn’t celebrate National Running Day anymore? How did you celebrate National Running Day? Did you ever play the PAWS typing game in school? Share in the comments!