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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.

My splits:
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!
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    I hate when rocks get stuck like that. Even if they aren't something I can really feel, that click against the pavement just does something to my ability to let my mind wander. (Walking, not running though.) Glad it worked its own way out for you.
    2186 days ago
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