Week 4, Day 1
Thursday, January 26, 2012
According to my training schedule, I needed to run 5 miles last night. I actually ran 5.41 miles because I didnít stick to my regular 5 mile route. For safety, youíre supposed to switch it up so anyone watching you wonít know for sure where youíre going to be at a given time. So I switched it up.
It was 60 degrees (F) last night when I walked out of work at 4:30, which is warm for me. It felt very spring like. The temperatures have been in the low 50s to mid 40ís most nights when I run, so 60 felt hot and I struggled.
Mile 1 Ė 9:36
Mile 2 Ė 10:04
Mile 3 Ė 10:11
Mile 4 Ė 10:06
Mile 5 Ė 9:33
Mile 5.41 Ė 9:19
For the temperature, I went out way too fast and was really feeling it. I felt like I just couldnít catch my breath so I pulled back, plus there was a fairly big hill in mile 2 that slowed me down some. Normally I increase my pace on hills. Itís not something I think about, it just happens but not when Iím too hot and canít breathe.
Mile 3 I was still going slow but I also got a rock stuck in my shoe and it was clicking every time I took a step so I kept stopping to see if I could get the rock out. At this point, itís pretty dark and I couldnít see the dang rock so I just gave up and started running again. It finally worked its way into the tread on my shoe and, much to my relief, it stopped clicking.
Mile 4 had a long gradual hill but I started to pick up the pace because I could tell that I wasnít working very hard. At least not as hard as I should have been for short run. I really picked up the pace when I got passed by a couple of slow-ish moving kids on bikes. I tried to keep up with them, nothing doing. They were going slow but not that slow.
Mile 5 Ė I was working pretty hard at this point. I generally try to work my last mile pretty hard. Trying to teach my leg muscles that even though theyíre tired, they can still kick at the end.
Mile 5.41 Ė I donít like to just end my runs where ever the last mile might turns up. I always want to finish in my neighborhood a few blocks from my house. I feel safer here and feel comfortable walking and sweating as part of my cool down. I like my heart rate to fall into the 100 Ė 110 range before I go in to stretch out. So I kicked it for another .41 miles beyond what I needed for my short run. With all the huffing and puffing I was doing, Iím pretty sure it sounded like a freight training was coming right through the neighborhood.
Week 4 is the first week the my short run distances are increasing. Week 1-3 has been 4-5-4 and then long run. Week 4 is 5-6-5 and then long run of 10 miles.
I remember a few years ago when I started running again before I got sick and quit for a couple of years and then started up again last April (wow, thatís a mouth full), I could never get past a 3 mile long run. And how I suffered on those runs. Ugh. I hated it. And now Iím running a 5 & 6 miles as my short run. I just canít wrap my mind around the fact that I can do this and I enjoy it. Itís sick, I tell you, sick!