On Monday, (never mind that it’s Friday) I ran 5 miles on the treadmill. This is the longest I’ve ever run on a treadmill. And I can’t believe I’m saying this but it wasn’t that bad. There are two reasons for this. First, I watched It’s a Girl, a documentary about infanticide and gendercide in India and China. It was sad but so interesting and thought provoking. Secondly, I ran really slowly and it was an easy run. I think I’m finally understanding what it means to have an easy run.
I ran at 5.2 mph (11:30 min/mi) because my heart rate was at about 180 bpm. It was fast enough where I was sweating but slow enough where I felt like I could have kept going when the 5 miles was up. What a magnificent boost to my confidence!
I don’t know many runners that run as slow as I have been. I’m trying to remember that this was a very happy run and I need to do what works for me.
I actually ran when Caleb got home from school. I asked him to babysit the girls, which consisted of him getting his homework done, getting Eliza out of her crib when she woke up from her nap, and not making Ana and Charlotte cry, which would end in them crying to me and ending my run.
Obviously he did a great job because I managed to get all 5 miles done. I was really proud of him. When I finished my run and went to check on them all, I found him like this.
I said, “Oh, I see. This is how you babysit.” He would never make it in The Babysitter’s Club.
Charlotte spilled a cup of water on the floor. I think it’s a good opportunity to teach them to clean up after themselves. Eliza wanted to help.
If you are a runner, do you remember running very slowly?
What’s the longest you’ve ever run on a treadmill?
Did you read The Babysitter’s Club books when you were a kid?