Tuesday, January 12, 2010
LOCATION: Bailey, Colorado -- Burland Ranchettes
TIMED DISTANCE: 10K
10K TIME: 59:52
AVERAGE PACE: 11:29 min/mile
TOTAL TIME: 67 minutes (Warm-up, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, Temperature 27.1 °F, Feels Like 38.5 °F, Wind 3.5mph NNW, Humidity 42%, Patches of Snow and Ice
AVERAGE ELEVATION: 8,130 ft
I read in a runner's magazine that LSD (Long Slow Distance) is a great way to train. I also read in the same magazine that a runner should shorten their stride to make running long distance easier and faster.
I am skeptical on both counts.
Firstly, the notion of "long distance" is matter of opinion. I personally find 10K to be a long distance. I know there are people that consider any race under 26.2 miles to be a short distance.
Secondly, I should know better than to mess with a stride that has served me well since I was 14 years old.
I stepped out my door and ran up my driveway. I live where it is hilly. Every direction is up hill both ways. There is precious little flat terrain. So I am either running up hill or running down hill. Of course, there always seems to be more up than down!
I found myself limping along trying to make my feet strike the ground "properly", which is flat footed. My pace was awful! My right knee started to hurt. After running 5K I was not doing well. I reverted back to my ugly natural stride and felt far better. My pace picked up and I finished 10K in just under an hour.
Running this 10K really wore me out! I am going to keep trying to increase my distance. I hope I don't prove to myself that I am a terrible long distance runner.
I need a few days of rest. I am beat!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I had planned going to go running today. However, I found myself a bit stiff and sore from yesterday’s run. I decided to wimp-out and do some cross training. I also wanted to get in some physical therapy exercises. Here is what I did:
- 40 minute brisk walk with my Beagle
- 40 minutes on elliptical trainer
- 20 minutes of stretching
- 10 minutes of PT exercised with therapy bands to strengthen small leg muscles
I have found that the exercises I hate the most are the very exercises I need to do the most. I dislike stretching. I am not very flexible and find stretching to be uncomfortable. I also hate therapy band exercises. Unfortunately, the therapy band exercises and stretching are what have given me pain free running. Pain free running means I can train more and get faster.
Sometimes I hate doing things that are good for me!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
LOCATION: Thunderridge HS Track-- Highlands Ranch, Colorado
TIMED DISTANCE: 5K
5K TIME: 27:46:12
AVERAGE PACE: 8:54 min/mile
FASTEST PACE: 5:01 min/mile
SLOWEST PACE: 11:37 min/mile
TOTAL TIME: 90 minutes ( Warm-up, Timed Run, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, Temperature 38.5 °F, Feels Like 38.5 °F, Wind-Calm, Humidity 33%, Patches Snow
I decided to drive down to Denver for a 5K timed run. I normally run in the mountains at 8,500 feet. I wanted to see what I could do at the lower elevation of 6595 feet.
I ran wearing shorts since the temperature was a balmy 38.5 °F. I enjoy running with bare legs. I wore my light fleece pullover on my upper body. I also had new shoes! This was the maiden run for my new Nike Air Pegasus +26 shoes. The shoes felt great.
I felt good. I started off slowly and picked up the pace. My Garmin 305 told me I was running well. I passed the 2.5K mark well under 13 minutes. I was pretty pleased. I just couldn't keep up a sub 8 min/mile pace. I started to slow down.
My pace was erratic. I did a good burst at a 5 minute per mile pace. My slowest pace was 12 minutes per mile. I need to get more consistent.
I managed to run the 5K in just under 28 minutes. I was surprised! I have not been able to run much due to the cold weather. I may push too hard when I can see my pace on the Garmin. I will leave the Garmin at home tomorrow. I want to do a nice long and slow run. That stupid Garmin won’t let me go slowly.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I know this is really odd. I weighed myself this morning. During a weigh-in I wear just shorts. I want to weigh me, not my clothes. My scale is in my home gym. There is also a full length mirror in my home gym.
When I saw myself in the mirror I was shocked! The guy in the mirror didn’t look like 52 year-old me. He looked like 32 year-old me! For reasons that escape me, the image in the mirror was terrifying!
32 year-old me is gone. He is a memory. But there he was looking back at me in the mirror. I know this doesn’t make any sense. I think most people my age would love to turn the clock back 20 years.
I don’t want to be 32 again. I find this confusing.
Over the years, as a gained weight, I became comfortable in my skin. When I hit 275+ pounds my health was going downhill fast. I had high blood pressure, joint pain, and my feet hurt all the time. I decided I needed to lose weight. I kind of thought I would just become a thinner version of me. I didn’t expect to become a younger version of me.
32 year-old me was athletic. He was strong and fast. He had a six-pack and well defined muscles. He didn’t have to suck in his gut because he didn’t have one. He was also impatient, cocky, fearless, and quick-tempered. 32 year-old me scares me.
What really worries me is that if I keep going to my goal weight, I may end up looking like 22 year-old me! 22 year-old me was highly-competitive and had a bit of a mean streak.
I know this make zero sense. When I look in the mirror, I see a ghost.
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