The nice British lady was right.

When I got to the corner of Viruth Street and Benton Avenue this morning, she told me to start running. I would be running for the next twenty minutes, something I hadn’t done since I was in the Army more than 20 years ago.

My legs felt a little heavy at the outset, and they were burning as I crossed the Jack’s Run Bridge and started the slight-but-long incline into Bellevue.

And then it changed.

Somewhere along the way, my legs started to feel stronger. I wasn’t tired. I was still heading uphill, but I was starting to feel really good.

After the nice British lady told me to turn around, much of the trip back is downhill. It wasn’t hard. I turned down Marmaduke to run out the last bit of the workout, and I was sort of disappointed when the nice British lady told me to stop.

I was also thrilled. Twenty minutes. I did it. With energy to spare.

When I run my first 5K in December, I’ll likely have to run about twice the time I ran this morning. A month ago, I would be have said that sounded nearly impossible.

Now? I know I’m gonna do it. There’s no doubt in my mind.


  1. You did it! You did it!

    After the 5K the next is a sprint tri with you, me, DD and Patrick.

    D’Oh! Did I say that out loud?


  2. Hey Mike – frighteningly enough, you’re inspiring me! What Ct5K app are you using as your coach? (I see at least 3 in the App Store.)

    – Cousin John


    1. I think most of the apps are similar, but you’ll find the nice British lady on the one built by Bluefin Software. If you give it a try, let me know how you’re doing. Or, even better, sign up at Daily Mile!


  3. I never thought about the hills you have there – great for building strengh and endurance! Remember – on race day – you’ll get 2 K from adrenaline!


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