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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Running to Work

A little over two weeks ago, my commuter bike was stolen. At the end of that entry, I wrote:

Rather than buying a new one, I think it's a good opportunity to take things up a notch and start running to work instead. It's 6 miles and surely doable with some practice. There's also a good chance it's the worst idea I've had in a long time.

The next day, I ran my first commute and discovered it was 5.1 miles instead of 6. It also took me just under an hour (with a 10 minute cool down at the end), indicating an average of 11 minute miles. Yeah, that's slow. Since then, I've run most of the time I've been in town. Currently, I'm only running 3 times per week because I've found back-to-back days make me ridiculously tired.

I do hope to make it up to 4-days per week and possibly even do a couple round trips. Why am I doing this? Part of me wants to get in better shape, and the other part is too stubborn to buy a new bike. Yes, I will buy a new commuter bike eventually. My current goal is to run until April 1st or until I lose 20 pounds, whichever comes first.

After the run home The downside of running is it's easily the worst part of my day. It's the part I dread the most, especially on nights like tonight. When I left the office, it was dark and 6°F (-10°F with wind chill). Amazingly, I didn't get cold thanks to good layering. My face did end up with a lot of ice on it as evidenced by the photo on the right. I know the next couple months aren't going to be easy, but I always like a good challenge.

How have you challenged yourself lately?

Posted in General at Jan 26 2009, 09:55:36 PM MST 7 Comments
Comments:

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Posted by SOO I. KIM on January 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM MST #

You're a better man than I Matt. I started running a few weeks back at the gym but can't even imagine running in this cold outside right now. We hit -10°F the other morning. Brrrr. I am however down almost 20 lbs for the winter already and am hoping to be 20 less by the time mountain bike season hits.

Posted by Jeremy Anderson on January 27, 2009 at 12:05 PM MST #

Good for you Matt. I never like running, but started with some buddies in 2007 and I am now hooked and chasing ultras. There are some great ultras in your neck of the woods... who knows where this might take you?

Posted by Scott Mark on January 28, 2009 at 12:13 PM MST #

I've run 3 marathons and running is still the least pleasant part of my day. You're just either weird or you're not. Just kidding. I can't believe that you are starting your running career in the dead of winter. Kudos to you. If you can run right now, then it'll be a breeze in Spring. But I think you should just buck up and buy a new bike, drop running, and become a mountain biker.

Posted by sonyakt on January 30, 2009 at 01:43 PM MST #

@Sonya - I agree. I'll definitely be opting for my mountain bike over running this Spring. In the meantime, there's plenty of skiing to do. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on January 30, 2009 at 02:29 PM MST #

I am jealous, my office is like 40 miles away ... i have run marathons before, but 40 mi is too much =(

Good for you though!

Regards
Vyas, Anirudh

Posted by Anirudh Vyas on May 08, 2009 at 08:24 PM MDT #

Same thing happened to me.

Bike was stolen, and I was far too stubborn. I ran just 6km (3.7 miles) each way, but I managed it 5 days a week.

After the first week and a half I was able to complete it without any break in my stride, which was great.

Everyone should do this.

I never bought another bike

Posted by Whatup on March 01, 2010 at 06:00 AM MST #

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