Friday, February 1, 2013

A big change provides more time to run

If it's all the same, I'd prefer a Garmin 610
Yesterday's run (treadmill): 3.1 miles
Today's run (street): 3.4 miles

After 20 years with my company, I am about to take early retirement. While I'll miss all my office friends, I'm excited to be in a position to retire while I'm still in my prime. My big decision now is what to do next. I can do something completely different, or stay in familiar territory. I'm in no rush to decide. Besides having more time to spend with my wife and kids, I'll be able to run longer distances on weekday mornings. No more train schedules to meet.

Yesterday morning, the winds were still blowing at speeds over 25 MPH. I decided to stay indoors and did a progressive speed run on the treadmill. Today, despite the cold, I got outside and ran around the neighborhood. It may have been the lack of work stress that pushed me along today, or the fact that I had to be home in time for a business call, but I achieved my fastest overall pace in two months.

I've been overwhelmed with correspondence and calls related to this change, so it hasn't exactly been relaxing. But it has been energizing. Perhaps I'll restart my Runner's Tech Review blog now that I'll (possibly) have more time. I'm going to need a new pair of running shoes soon. Brooks, Saucony, New Balance, are you listening?

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Enjoy a little leisure time and day light running before you jump back in.

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    1. Thanks - it feels a lot different running without concern for the clock. So far so good!

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  2. Congrats! I'm envious! You'll get into the best shape of your life now!

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    1. It's tempting to approach this as an opportunity to to build up my mileage. Instead, I think I'll keep to the low 20's range and try to diversify my training more (cross training) like you and your sister do.

      I love that I can just enjoy having this time now, but I'm already thinking about doing something new that's fun and LOW PRESSURE!

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