Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I've lost track of what number day it is...I just know that I'm checking off the boxes on my grid when my training is complete.
I'll back track to Sunday--long run day--8 MILES! I ran the whole thing and did it in 1 hour and 25 minutes, so I averaged 11 minute miles. It was hot & humid, and my training schedule said to shoot for a pace of 11:55...so the good news is I didn't go too fast & run the 9 minute mile pace that I had been right before I went into my funk; but I still ran it faster than I was supposed to. I can't believe I'm going to type this, but the 8 miles was almost *easy* AND NO, I never thought I would EVER say that. If I would have had to, I KNOW I could have done 13 Sunday. It's been a huge boost to my confidence to feel STRONG and capable!
I felt so good after my run, that I ended up going on a bike ride that afternoon with my family. We covered nearly 11 miles. I fully expected to be unable to walk on Monday morning, but I felt surprisingly good!
Yesterday was another short run--3 miles. I knocked that out during my husband's lunch break in just under 30 minutes. Since I've laid off racing every time I run, I'm finding that I am enjoying my runs more and am actually performing better!
Tomorrow is speed work. I'll be heading to the high school track tomorrow night & I'm hoping that the weather cooperates.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I DID get back out there and run another 3 miles last night to get my total 5 miles in...if you read my earlier blog yesterday, I ran 2 miles with a new runner in preparation of his first 5K. It was HOT!
I was initially supposed to do 5 miles with 1 mile warm up, 3 miles of speed work, and 1 mile of cool down.
It ended up going a little different than that, but at least I got the total distance in! Last night's 3 miler was a really good run for me...I SO NEEDED THAT! I dropped the motion traxx and just ran to music I enjoy instead of BPM. I ended up running a little over 3 miles in 29:34--I didn't even worry about beating a time, I just ran according to how I felt.
This weekend is another big run--I'm slated to do 8 miles by my first training schedule; the revised schedule that I've been toying with using has an 11 mile run. I really don't know which route I'm going to go yet.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Today my training schedule said 5 miles: 1 mile warm up, 3 miles @ 10:19, 1 mile cool down.
I'm still on vacation, so I'm not really familiar with the area. I headed over to some trails that I know go on forever. Last night watching the weather I knew there was a chance for some rain today, but I also know that it seems like if I DON'T run, it doesn't rain. I decided to chance it even though it was cloudy.
I started out at a nice easy 12 minute pace for the warm up. About 4 tenths of a mile in, the thunder started. I decided to cut the warm up short and get to the heart of the training. Off I went! I discovered that when I'm trying to maintain a certain pace, it's difficult! I seemed to stay around 10:10 pretty well, but if I'd try to back off to 10:19 I'd go too slow--like 11 minute miles...so then I'd kick it up a notch and find myself at 9:50. UGH! Any tips on maintaining pace is appreciated from my runner peeps! Well as I was really getting into the run the LIGHTNING came in to play...I can deal with thunder, but the lightning made me nervous. Plus the thunder was getting louder and it was starting to rain. Even though I wasn't to 2.5 miles yet I decided to turn around; I figure since I cut the warm up a little short, I'd just be cutting the cool down short.
On the way back it completely opened up. There is a lot of tree cover on these trails, so to this point I wasn't very wet. That didn't last long. I was soaked. My iPod stopped working. Rain was rolling off of my visor. I had to keep hiking my capris up because they were totally drenched. At this point I wasn't watching my pace; I just wanted to get back to my car and away from the lightning!
I'm not going to lie, the lightning was scary and I was nervous, and YES I did cut the run short but I think I got the bulk of it in.
Final time 48:24 for 4.71 miles. When I checked the Garmin from the safety of my car, it said I ran the last mile at an average pace of 8:45!
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