Time to Run

Today I learned some things.
I learned that I do not like time based running. I am a distance runner. Not a time based runner. I’m “in training” for my first half marathon in November. Now when I say “in training” what I really mean is I’ve read a couple training plans and I’m generally kind of sort of following them. Sort of. One of the plans called for me to run 40 minutes today. 20 minutes and 20 minutes back. I don’t like it.

There just isn’t enough motivation for me to run at a faster pace. At least with distance based running I know if I go faster I’ll be done faster. With time based running I’ll be running for the same amount of time regardless of whether I go at a faster or slower pace. I always wind up coming back faster than I go out too. That means by the time I circle back to starting point I still have 4-8 minutes left to run. When I go 2 more minutes out and turn around I do the same thing. So I wind up running back and forth in front of my house like 2-4 times.

I wonder how our pregnancy and resulting baby will impact my running time. I just realized that my wife is right. I am the most narcissistic human alive. She is going to go on a hormonal and physical roller coaster to hell and back but I’m worried if I will still get my play time. I guess I really am a typical guy. Luckily I know that she knows that my runs make me easier to live with. In the last year that I’ve been running I’ve heard “you didn’t run today, did you?” during arguments than I can count.

In my mind I have this picture of myself of being a perfectly patient and perfectly selfless father. I already know that’s a load of malarkey. All I have to do is look at the hyperactive corgi jamming her toy against my leg to know I won’t be as attentive as I am in my head.


Even trying to write this blog I’m thinking “PLEASE settle down dog!!”. That doesn’t bode we’ll for the future. I’m sure I will (please please please) find extra reserves of patience. Then I look at that face again and think. Yeah, I’ll be Ok.



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