I guess I’m a runner now

Two or three months ago I started running. It was something I’d been thinking about for a while but never got around to. Harris deserves a lot of thanks for motivation and nagging. The Cool Running website has also been a terrific resource, especially their Couch-to-5K plan.

Last week I ran somewhere between 16 and 20 miles, spread across four or five runs. Having never done any sort of deliberate distance/endurance exercise before, I find that number personally astonishing. Currently I’m running four miles in about 33 minutes, my next goal is five miles in 40-45 minutes.

I decided to buy one of those Nike+iPod thingies, mostly because I enjoy statistics. Also, I’ve wanted one ever since Cabel Sasser’s Multiplayer Game Of The Year post. However, the iPod is imminently due for a refresh — assuming the rumors are right. According to the MacRumors buying guide, the iPod and iPod nano are coming up on a year since their last refresh. I can wait another week or two.

While I’ve been going to the gym regularly for almost a year now (14th St Y Babysitting FTW), no amount of exercise can produce the levels of sweat running does. I’m absolutely, revoltingly drenched after 30 minutes.

Surprisingly, I’m not completely spent afterwards. After a 30 minute cool down and shower I generally feel great. When I sleep, I sleep better. I’m drinking less coffee. My contribution to the laundry heap has increased. When swimming I can hold my breath much longer than I used to be able to. Overall, I’m really loving it.