Thursday, August 02, 2012
I ran with the virtual partner feature yesterday on my Garmin Forerunner 305. I ran the same route and distance as I did on Monday, so I thought I'd compete with myself and see if I could beat my time.
Monday's stats: 4 miles in 47:24
Wednesday's stats: 4 miles in 46:09
I was able to jog 2 miles before I had to stop and take a breather. I think it is because my route is hilly and I start out heading toward the river. That means despite the hills, I am running downhill; so, when I turn around I have to go uphill. Plus, I cannot get moving early in the morning so it starts getting hot when I turn around and I don't want to overheat my body.
I did weigh my before and after and I lost almost 2 pounds - in this heat I need to be very careful to stay hydrated.
To make a long story short - I shaved 1 minute and 15 seconds off my previous time by competing with myself using the virtual partner feature. YEAH!!!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Last year I had a dream to do a sub30 5k and did not reach that goal. The closest I came was 30:23.This spring I trained for a half marathon and focused more on adding the distance rather than speed and did not cross train much and now my time for the 5k are slow; even slower than when I first started racing. However, some of that can be due to the hot humid weather we are having.
Well, summer is half over and I am half way through my scheduled races and I am once again focused on that sub30 5k time. The other day I was following links that lead me to the Runner's World page and I found a link for Smart Coach. I was able to create a training schedule that just may cause me to be able to reach that goal of a sub30.
The plan, ( on paper), seems totally doable for me. It has most of my runs at a pace I believe I can sustain if I stay focused and dedicated while running. The only thing that has me concerned is that I just ran that 5k route a couple weeks ago and I just barely broke 34 minutes. I came in at 33:59 and I had a good run then. So, to do a sub30 in September would mean shaving off 4 minutes.
So, not to be too discouraging, this is the route that I did that 30:23 last year. For the next 8 weeks I am not only going to focus on the running times, but I am also going to focus on the cross training. That is something I did not do while training for the half marathon and I believe that is why my times are now not as good as they were last year.
Lesson learned, time to move on....
Friday, July 27, 2012
I was looking online for training plans for running a faster 5k and a 10k and I came across a comment where someone suggested using the app Zombies, Run to make the runs more exciting. https://www.zombiesrungame.com/
Based upon what I read, it is a story based app that gives you, Runner 5, a mission to go out and gather supplies and things to bring back to the compound. However, the zombies are loose and out to get you. You ge get cues as to when the zombies are close and you need to run away from them. When you return home, you add the items collected on your run to various locations to help your home area grow and get more populated.
The app cost $7.99 and it looks like fun, if you are into games. But I am curious as to if any Sparkers have tried it and what they think of it.
Monday, July 23, 2012
I knew I was slow but give me a break. LOL
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