Run for Water: Two Weeks Into Training

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I work out a lot and 6k or 3.73 miles doesn’t seem like a long distance, but running is a completely different kind of exercise. So I decided to train in advance of Washington, DC’s Dow Live Earth Run for Water on April 18.

Why 6K? It’s symbolic of the distance Africans traverse every day for fresh water, a major daily task. The Dow/Live Earth effort will benefit a ton of charities working on water issues.

I began running and cross-training per the Active plan recommended by Live Earth.

My legs were so sore the first run! I actually ended up going to Fleet Feet and getting new shoes, which have much more cushion. Since then no problems…

Last week during my business trip I took the shoes to the Bay Area. All in all Yesterday was my fifth run, and I am a little ahead of schedule with 30 minutes of running down. I estimate my pace at a mile every 10-12 minutes, so I am roughly 2/3 of the way there.

I feel confident that the 6k will be a piece of cake. Best yet, and I am actually starting to enjoy running.

Geoff Livingston is a regular contributor to the Live Earth blog.