Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I decided now that my weight is close to ideal at 131 lbs. , my eating habits allow my body to feed my muscle cells rather than my fat cells, and my running form as well as my endurance base are established there is no reason not to start a little speed work to eventually allow me to run faster even for half-marathons, my favorite distance so far.
I have never felt confident running faster than at 6mph on the treadmill so I decided to ease into it today.
I started with running for 15 minutes, increasing my speed at 0.1 mph every minute, from 4 mph to 5.5 mph with my heart rate ending at 156.
After that I did some strength training and stretching and at the end tried a few faster, still below sprinting intervals.
I started walking at 3 mph, then 1 minute at 6. mph, 1 minute walk break, 1 min. at 6.5 mph, 1 min. walk break, 1 min. at 7 mph, 2 min. walk break, 1 min. 7.5 mph, 2 min. walk break, 1 min. 8 mph, 2 min. cool down. I am a little worried about going faster on the treadmill so may do this on an outside track in the future.
I will still do at least 80% of my workouts at Maffetone heartrate, around 134 bpm and will build up my endurance again.
I'm hoping to run a 5 K in August under 30 min. this year and also to enter a trail half-marathon in early October which will require me to do more hill running.
I am also getting back into swimming regularly and doing some stretching to increase my flexibility for ballet and ice skating this fall.