The Running Realtor: Running and Improving the Pace

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Running and Improving the Pace

As I approach the two year mark since beginning my walking / running exercise routine I began to stagnate.  Since there is no long term baseline for performance I wasn't sure if the normal aging process slows you down as the years tick away but I knew my speed was slowing is because I track way to much data.Dan The Running Realtor's Gadget Collection

Being a numbers nut everything is dumped into Excel and being a gadget guy the data has increased this year.  Last Christmas my newest toy was a heart rate monitor and about that time I gave up carrying the hand held GPS because the batteries didn't last very long in the sub-freezing temps of winter.

So... All this info tells me is I have run over 620 miles so far this year and taken about 1.1 million steps to cover the distance. What it did not do is help me achieve a quicker pace. In keeping my heart rate within recommended parameters I was actually slowing down.

I knew my speed was faster in races or when running with a friend but due to constantly conflicting schedules we rarely seemed to find a mutual time for training runs. 

Finally I discovered the push I needed.  The Runners Meetup!   This morning I did my third run with the New Haven Runners and can see my times are improving.  So far each run has brought out between 6-12 runners that go at various paces and distances but everyone provides incentive for each other. The front runners are pushing themselves knowing people are following and the back of the group pushes their pace to keep up.

Anyone that is training alone and wants to kick it up a notch should consider the group run.  It works!

When you are Coming to Connecticut -  Contact Dan Cummings - The Running Realtor for help with Real Estate.

Comment balloon 15 commentsNo Longer Active • September 15 2007 07:26PM


You a numbers nut? Who would have thought it? LOL By the way, I'm proud of how you have kept at it and how much you have improved. 620 miles impressive. Keep it up.
Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Sandra... You should start training... In the retirement years we may want to take "A Walk Across America"
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan--1.1 Million Steps? I am tired just thinking about it! Good that you were able to find a group to consistantly keep your interest level up....I hear that is the hardest part of any routine. :)
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago
Dan, got to give you a lot of credit for continuing to run, can't be easy to keep yourself motivated to do that.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago
No doubt about it, Dan.  There's just something about having to "save face" in a group setting that will motivate you to train much harder than you ever would on your own.  I know this about myself, which is why I chose to join the Masters swimming--  I need that driving factor.  620 miles is very impressive!  Keep up the great work-  it will pay off immeasurably :)
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 11 years ago


I love working out with a trainer, they seem to push you harder. The group sounds like it is good for your competitive spirit as well. Keep us posted my friend! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan -- funny how that works --humans in place of gadgets will do it every time.  Keep up the good work.  Major Kudos!
Posted by Aziz Abdur-Raoof, Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop (RE/MAX Rewards) over 11 years ago

620 miles.  WOW!  I am glad you found the push you needed.  Did you just start 2 years ago, or did you run before that?  I am sure there might be a blog somewhere I need to find to learn more.  I have never been a runner, but I started to walk a lot after I had my first child, which led to running.  It was great..but then I got derailed by an injury.  I have a really great spin bike, which has been my exercise.  Unfortunately, I jixed myself with my blog or jog post- it broke that day.  The part won't be in until the end of September.  Uggh!  I bought a new jump rope yesterday.  My daughter likes that- she chants jump rope songs while I jump -cinderalla, dressed in yellow, how many doctors does it take!!   Sorry this comment turned into a post!!

Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) over 11 years ago

Teri... I'm pretty good with sticking to a routine...

George... All the gadgets and number crunching helps keep it interesting.

Sandi... I can self motivate pretty well but the group adds speed, most are 20 something students from Yale.

Suzanne... Never worked with a trainer... My gym memberships go in spurts and when I got busy I let it lapse... been about 5 years now...

Ariz... Still got most of the gadgets going... The group only meets Saturday mornings.

Ginger... My first walking started almost two years ago in preparation for a Thanksgiving Morning 2 miler, from there it evolved into running which I'd never done in my younger days.  The transition from walking  to running was a painful one.  Tried to do to much to fast and had severe knee pain to the point that I limped around for a week after my 5k run.  Tried everything, new shoes, iced my knee after running and it finally found some stretching worked.   You lost me with the jump rope chant.... we only have boys...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan - Walk Around America - All I can say is have fun......Noticed you new widget on the side - Can I be on your mailing list?
Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Love the details...I would NEVER have done this myself.  I do agree that having a group or someone like a trainer to hold you accountable helps...ALOT!!  Keep it up!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago
Dan - I am finding hitting the gym is so difficult on my own - I do not seem to get there until between 10 and midnight - I have to find a better time to make this work
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Yeah -We have a Running Room that does bi-weekly group runs like yours. As soon as I try to go it alone i eventually die off. I need to just bite the bullet and commit to the group! More fun anyway!
Posted by Paul Viau, Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services (Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog) over 11 years ago

Dan - you should see the excel workbook I created when I was losing all the weight.  I tracked every carb, protein and fat gram, and every calorie in and calorie out.  I was obsessive about it until I had kept the weight off for a couple of years and realized how much time it was taking to maintain it!  Now I just go back to it if the scale starts to creep up.  It's all about accountability!

Posted by Dawn Heinemann, The Peter DeLuca Team (Long Realty Company) over 11 years ago
Dawn.. I've gotten a bit carried away with Excel over the years myself, not quite as detailed as you though. At one point I tracked all my meals,  from the morning coffee to before bed snacks to get some idea of how much I was eating.  Did that for about a year and dropped 15 pounds but stopped the day I hit my target weight.  
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

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