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 didn’t stick to my regular 5 mile route. For safety, you’re supposed to switch it up so anyone watching you won’t know for sure where you’re 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 40’s most nights when I run, so 60 felt hot and I struggled.
Mile 1 – 9:36
Mile 2 – 10:04
Mile 3 – 10:11
Mile 4 – 10:06
Mile 5 – 9:33
Mile 5.41 – 9:19
For the temperature, I went out way too fast and was really feeling it. I felt like I just couldn’t 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. It’s not something I think about, it just happens but not when I’m too hot and can’t 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, it’s pretty dark and I couldn’t 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 wasn’t 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 – 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 they’re tired, they can still kick at the end.
Mile 5.41 – I don’t 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 – 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, I’m 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, that’s 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 I’m running a 5 & 6 miles as my short run. I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I can do this and I enjoy it. It’s sick, I tell you, sick!