“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Olentangy Trail Run

I had a new and exciting experience this weekend - I got to do my weekend run with one of my best friends while I was visiting him in Ohio/Indiana!  He runs much faster and further than I do, but he said he'd slow down and stay with me while I got in a 4-5 mile run.

He took us to the Upper Olentangy Trail in Columbus, where we did an out-and-back from the parking lot at the Parklands to the lake at Antrim Park - approximately a 5 mile round trip.  It was an extremely humid morning but it was only about 65 degrees, so it was sticky but not uncomfortable.

Mike wasn't very impressed with my run/walk intervals, and pushed me to turn the Garmin off and let him choose a landmark that we would run to, then do a walk interval - rather than relying solely on the watch.  I tried to keep this up, but had to walk earlier than the landmark almost every time - not a very uplifting experience.  I was also worried that this might tire me out a little too early and I'd be slower on the way back.  But I do appreciate him encouraging and persuading me to go outside my comfort zone - something I should probably do more often.

Once we reached the lake, he continued on and did a lap around the lake at his pace, and I switched on the Garmin and headed back along the route we'd just come down.  He caught up with me with about a mile left, and joined me in doing my standard run/walk intervals back to the car.  He'll probably not want to "run" with me ever again, but I enjoyed getting to spend the time with him and experiencing one of his favorite running routes.

Friday's statistics:

Since I turned my Garmin off after the warm-up walk, I don't have a completely accurate accounting of the first leg of the run, but the second leg, the return trip, is correct.
  • 10 min. warm-up walk
  • 1st leg: 2 miles
  • 2nd leg: 2.55 miles; 0:32:22; 12:41min/mi avg

1 comment:

  1. Good for you for trying out a different approach. I'm sure he enjoyed spending time with you too! Great job getting the miles in!