Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Line segments


Often when I run, and especially when I'm doing hill repeats, I break up my run into line segments. This morning, for example, I didn't want to get too far from home since it was dark when I went out. So I ran about a mile and a half out, and then started coming back. But since I wanted more miles, I came back by covering the same ground multiple times. So I ran back to a street light, then out to the end point, back to the street light, out to the end point, then back to the street light. So now I'd covered the segment from the end to the street light 3 times. Then I started working back from the street light to a stop sign, again covering it 3 times. And I kept this up until my Garmin said 4 miles, and I was about a mile from home. (Don't try to do the math -- all I know is that it worked out for 5 miles.)

So am I the only one who does this? Tim thinks this is crazy, but I think it makes running interesting. Thoughts? (But if you think I'm nuts, say it nicely, please!)

4 comments:

Laurie said...

I don't know about nuts but one of my major issues with running is overcoming boredom - and that sounds really boring.

Anne said...

I've done that before and kinda liked it. Like you, I wasn't comfortable going too far out in the dark. So, no you're not crazy -- unless I am too.

Evelyne said...

Nope, don't think you're crazy at all. Sounds like something I would TOTALLY do. :) You have to be creative to get the things you want done. You just proved that you let NOTHING stand in your way! Kudos to you, you HOTT babe!

Julianne said...

I've done a it a few times but on longer runs. Like for a 12 miler, I went out 4 miles, came back at 3, went out at 4 again and etc. I hate seeing the same landmarkes over and over again. I can barely tolerate out and back runs! But sometimes, you gotta do what you can to get the miles in!