Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Week 5 of half marathon training!
Just finished my long run of week 4 which is 4.5 miles. Thought it was going to be a crappy run but started off strong and decided to push myself for a 1 mile time. I wish I would have started just a tad faster because I didn't really think about trying to run fast until a couple minutes into my run. Ended up doing my 1st mile in 10:08! I know I could do it under 10 minutes if I started better! This is huge.
Kept going and running and found it hard to keep my pace under 11:30. Until mile 3 and then I was hurting, but I would run for 6 mins, walk for 1 minute, ended up doing my 4.5 miles in 51:50. Last December I ran a very flat 4-mile race and got the same time. I'm making really great progress. And bought new running shoes last week! Big help!
One thing I think is making a huge difference is trail running. I mostly run in the forest trails, usually it's a big struggle, there are major hills and rocks and roots and just lots of obstacles, but it is seriously paying off. Today I ran on a paved path and just flew compared to the trail. On the trail, I can only run about 4 miles or less in the same time it took me today. It feels very hard and slow.
Now it's confession time. I have only been running twice a week!! My legs need the break because I push myself to the limit every time. I let my legs rest for a few days and voila, I'm faster and stronger next time. Maybe it's because I'm still in relatively short runs, but I do want to start running at least 3 times a week in the coming weeks of training! It's just awesome that I'm seeing such great progress, but I really think letting my legs rest a couple days after such hard runs is paying off big time.
unfortunately my weight is still the same. I have been over-eating a lot. I'm still 160 lbs. I hate that. I do really well during the week when I'm at work but then on the weekends, I tend to go nuts. I also drink way too much alcohol still.
Non-scale victories.. running faster.. I'll focus on that. Thanks for reading. Spark on.