Monday, March 10, 2014
Unmotivated. Did not want to run today - anything could have kept me from my run (I almost started cleaning the bathroom, instead!) BUT.... I knew deep down that once I got out the door and put one foot in front of the other, it'd be ok. So I did it. Kinda cool, too, that the first song that started on my ipod was "Happy" - it definitely helped.
In theory, today was supposed to be a rest day, but my training days and rest days are pretty hit or miss lately depending on my subbing schedule, so if I'm not subbing - I run. Saturdays are my one sacred training day each week - other than that, anything goes.
I felt sluggish during most of my run (big surprise, based on my attitude out the door). But, what you know - once I finished the run - I felt GREAT!!! Now I'm ready to conquer the bathroom "guilt-free"!
Today's run stats: 5.01 miles in 46:39 with a 9:19 pace. Funny thing - I thought my pace was really slow, until I compared it with my past runs. Surprise, it was one of my faster paces lately.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Saturday's training program called for a 5k race, but I decided to skip a race and extend my distance to make up for two lost training days last week. On Friday, I could have easily gotten in my scheduled 3 mile run, but then I wouldn't have had time for my kettlebell training... But getting in my kettlebell training would mean missing a run... So, I decided to do both (well sort of). I alternated between 20 swings with a 24kg bell, then a 30 second sprint on the elliptical machine. I did that for 20 straight minutes and felt pretty satisfied with the result.
So back to yesterday's run - I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day! Big accomplishment: I made it up Water Tank Climb without walking! While on my run, I enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of progress - new homes being built in a subdivision that went bankrupt several years ago; neighbors burning weeds; people out hiking, riding horses, quads, motorcycles, bikes, etc. After my morning run, we had lots of progress around our house, too! We spent most of the day cleaning up our workshop to get it ready for our next home project.
Run stats: 7.2 miles in 1:16:46 with a 10:40 pace and an 868 ft climb.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Today would normally be a rest day for me, but since I already know that I am subbing the next 3 days, I decided to get in a 4 mile trail. I did my same route as last week's 4 miler, which takes me up Water Tank Climb (and is actually 4.27 miles).
Here's a pic looking up my famous Water Tank Climb:
Today's run stats:
4.27 miles in 44:22 with a 10:23 pace and a 380 ft climb.
Overall, the run felt pretty good. Lots on my mind which seemed to slow me down - usually running helps to clear my mind, but not today.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Normally, I head for the hills on my Saturday run, but due to lots of rain yesterday, I decided to stick to the pavement and avoid the mud. Last week, I commented in my blog about how fortunate I was to be able to hit the trails right from my house and avoid roads altogether. Today, I realized I how fortunate I am to have the opposite opportunity! By leaving from the front of my house, I can avoid the dirt/mud trails and run the streets:)
Here's a picture looking back over my "road-run":
The run was supposed to be an 8-miler, but I miscalculated slightly, and it turned out to be an 8.65 mile run:)
Run stats: 8.65 miles in 1:30:12 with a 10:26 pace. The overall climb was 469 feet.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Once again, my training plans were adjusted this week due to work - but it's all good:)
Yesterday, I was scheduled to run a 3-miler, but subbed instead. During the day, I had several teachers ask me if I would sub for them today, but declined (I really didn't want to miss another training/shopping/house cleaning day). So today, I ran! And it was a memorable run, too:)
By the end of the 3 miles, I was soaked from rain/sleet/snow. The first half of the run was brutally cold - I was running into the freezing rain, but on the way home, the I was getting pelted from behind.
Today's training stats: 3 miles in 27:55 with a 9:17 pace. Due to weather, I kept my route on the streets. I'll have to figure out a route to run for tomorrow's 8 mile run, since my normal trail route will be too muddy... At least I got in a "water tank climb" earlier this week.
Shoulder update - still bugging me occasionally, but not anything bad enough to hold me back.
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