Note to the world: I am not a runner. And I have no designs on becoming a runner.
However, a month ago on a Wednesday my spouse wanted to run a 5k “fun run” after our local farmers market. I said, what the heck, I can easily walk 5K; I’ll walk it and maybe intersperse a little slow jogging. It took me 48 minutes to finish.
This past Wednesday, having done virtually no other jogging or even any exercise walking in the previous four weeks, I shaved three minutes off my time. (All my time has been devoted to putting in cycling hours.)
Now I wonder what my time might be if I actually *tried* to do better. So spouse & I went out & bought new running shoes today. He also signed up for an autumn half-mari. I’ll cheer him on but am not interested in running it. I’ll try to put in some HIIT sessions on the treadmill, which should help with both my RAGBRAI and 5K training.
As I said, I have no designs on becoming a runner. But I like the idea of being fit enough to spend more of my 5K time jogging instead of walking.