Me! Ran for an hour!? Seriously, can you believe it?
After having run 40 minutes a couple of times at 8k (with 1 minute walks every 10 minutes) I struggled to do it a third time. Last week I did a treadmill program that took me from 5kph to 7 then 9, then back down and up again. I felt really comfortable at 7kph - it's not fast, it's a nice jog for me (I've got short legs, I'm not even 5'4"), and I enjoyed it.
So tonight I thought I'd put on a TV show rather than having an app telling me when to run or worrying about my speed, and I'd just go 7kph for as long as I wanted. The only show I had loaded on the iPad was the first episode of Downton Abbey, which was 1hr 6 minutes long. Since I've seen it, it wouldn't matter if I missed anything (it can be hard to hear over the ceiling fan and the treadmill even with my Bluetooth speaker). I walked for five minutes, then set the speed to 7kph and started jogging.
I love the show, and it had been awhile since I saw the first episode so it was easy to get wrapped up in it. Before I knew it I'd run 20 minutes ... then 30, then 40. Next thing I knew I passed the 1 hour mark and the credits started rolling by. I started my cool-down walk. I could not believe I'd gone a whole hour with no walk breaks -- I felt great!
Now, a couple hours later, I can definitely feel it and I'll probably be a bit tender tomorrow after a night's sleep, but for now I just feel freaking amazing. I think rather than worrying about my speed, I'm just going to work on distance for a while. Oh, and according to the treadmill I burned 500 calories my friend -- usually it says about 350. No idea how accurate that is, but it's a big increase either way. Fantastic!