I keep track of my running in a journal, and it helps me to keep track of my progress.
I'm doing pretty darn good, if I do say so, myself.1 1/2 hours? Yeah.
Now, the reason why I couldn't just go 90 minutes straight through is that the treadmill in the exercise room is capped out at 60 minutes. So, to run longer, I have to have two separate sessions in a row, and then I have to do some math to figure out the totals--except for the pace. I couldn't figure out the algebra on the go, so I left that empty.
I felt really good during my second session that I was tempted to just go ahead and run another whole hour, but then I remembered the advice I read online: don't overdo it.
Newbies tend to overestimate their abilities and overdo it, actually causing them to take longer to train, because of injuries and fatigue. So, I hopped off after 1/2 hour, still feeling pretty good. Tired, but good. And craving Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild really badly, but they were closed already.
A few hours later, some of the aches and pains set in. My hip feels tired--I need to work on stretching those muscles. My left knee is a bit achy. And my heels feel tired from all the striking going on. (No, they're not unionized even though I am. I try to take good care of them so they don't feel the need to unionize against me. Ha.)
Then, very strangely, my pointer toes were hurting.
If the big toe is the thumb, then the next toe over is the index/pointer finger. And they both hurt. I think it's because the toenail on those two toes tend to hover over the nailbeds already, and running just keeps pulling them back. And they're well-trimmed--so it's not that.
Right now I have them taped down with bandages to help them heal, and hopefully fuse again with the nailbed. I think I'll run like this for a week or two, and see if that solves the nail problem.
It reminds me so much of a sign I saw when I walked past the marathon in 2010 on my way home from a night shift. It said, "Got toenails?"
So, apparently it's a common runner thing to really beat up those toenails. I hope I don't actually rip them off...that would suck.