Thursday evening intervals
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Running out of time, so just a quick blog on where I am.
It's Thursday, a work at home day. Normally, I'd do walk/run intervals at noon. But today my daughter was over to do her laundry, so we did lunch on the lunch hour. Intervals had to wait until after 5.
I got 68° F and fading sunshine, with 8-12 mph NNE winds for the intervals. It wasn't a day to ramp things up, so I repeated Tuesday's 5 cycles of walk 2, run 4. RunKeeper reported this as 3.73 miles in 30:03, for an average pace of 8:03 per mile. That's a little slower than Tuesday. I'd like to say it was because I was deliberately trying to run slower, but it's probably just because I'm naturally a little slower for evening runs than for mid-day runs.
I was feeling that I was doing well with a good foot strike without having to pay specific attention to every running stride. And I was rewarded with fewer foot complaints afterward than Tuesday. How much of this is due to better form, how much is due to the slightly slower pace, and how much is simply because the feet are slowly getting stronger, I don't know. I'll take it.
The plan tomorrow on my day off is to lift weights in the morning and mow the lawn in the afternoon. I'll wait until Saturday to make the call as to whether the next set of intervals is Saturday or Sunday, and whether I'll stick with walk 2, run 4 or upgrade to walk 1, run 4. I'm tentatively thinking shrinking the walking interval will come before expanding the running interval.
Perhaps in about two weeks I might be ready to just run for 20 minutes. But there are a few incremental adjustments to intervals between now and then.