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
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A slump? Is that a word? I am having a hard time being motivated to do anything. I am training for 2 5k's: one that I will run solo and the other I will run with my granddaughter and daughter. The weather has been too hot and humid; I canceled a few runs with my granddaughter because of the heat.
Yesterday, we had a heat advisory and so, I chose to make it a lazy day. I actually took a two hour nap. I guess that yesterday was most likely a recovery day. I am hoping that is just what I need to focus on a good time in the race this Saturday. I'll see...
I am making green smoothies more now and am noticing that my cravings for junk food seems to be lower and I have an increase in my ability to say, No, I don't want that." Yesterday, my hubby baked up some cookie dough that our daughter brought into the house and I did not have one cookie, and guess what? I survived!!!
However, my victory was short-lived because I ended up eating three packet of Sweet and Salty (nuts, seeds, raisins and M&M's). For some odd reason this batch has a lot of M&M's in them, or I just more aware of them. I think instead of buying the prepackaged I'll make my own then I can leave out the M&M's - those little things have too much of a bad thing in them and take away from the goodness of the snack.
My weight is going up and down but staying with in a 2 pound range -- it is on the downside whenever I make sure I stay hydrated (lesson to be learned here). Well, I am hoping to get outside and do some hill runs hopefully it has stopped raining and I get it finished before it gets too hot.
Have a wonderful day and don't forget to spread some Spark .
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