Beautiful morning

Ahhhh, the weather here has taken a surprising turn for the better.  This morning was a cool 65 degrees with only 70% humidity – it was such a treat to run today!!  The HM training plan called for 30 mins alternating 4 run/2 walk.  I programmed my RunDouble app so I would have cues to change at each interval and after I started I realized I had forgotten to put on my Garmin!  I guess since I’ve run at the gym the last few times I’ve gotten out of the habit of wearing it…grrr.  Today I have to totally rely on the app for my performance which isn’t a bad thing – I’m just used to having the Garmin too :-(

The other missing component is not knowing what my pace is at the turn of the wrist, so I just ran at a comfortable pace and monitored my breathing to determine if I was pushing to fast.  I’m quite happy with my pace on each run interval staying in the 10-11 min/mi range…woohoo!  I made a mistake when programming the app and I actually went one more run interval than was called for – and it was faster than most of the other intervals…another woohoo!

7.30.14

The next run day is Saturday – another 6 miles – it’s supposed to be just as cool but may also bring some rain.  Regardless, I’m looking forward to running without feeling like I have a car sitting on my chest!

 

High and Low

Today was filled with highs and lows…the high was this morning during my HM training run.  The program called for 30 min workout alternating 5 min run/1 walk.  I got up early and went to Anytime Fitness because I thought it was going to be another hot, humid morning  (as I left the gym I realized it wasn’t as bad as predicted).  I finished my 30 mins on the treadmill and I ran 2.5 miles…an improvement over the last time I was on the treadmill – but then I realized its only because I was running for a few more minutes instead of walking…either way it works out to a 12min/mi average.  I’ll take it.

7.28.14

The weather forecast is calling for lower temps and lower humidity for my next run on Wednesday – I’ll be running outside for sure.

7.30.14 weather prediction

 

Now for the low…I can honestly say this was the worst day of my 35 year career!  I had to tell 8 people on my team (of 9) that their positions are being eliminated at the end of Sept.  The company leadership decided to do a huge restructuring and although our team wasn’t the only one hit, we’ve just been obliterated.  I’m still trying to figure out who is going to do all the work that my team does…I guess time will tell.  For now, I’m feeling quite sad.

Half Marathon training begins in full force

The HM training plan I’m following called for 6 miles today, alternating 4 min run, 2 min walk.  It wasn’t raining today but the weather still didn’t cooperate; when I got up this morning it was super foggy and the humidity was up at 100% again!!  We decided to try a different running path than before, this one was a little further from the house but it was relatively flat with just a few hills – or at least it looked that way while running it.  Now that I look at the Garmin graph there was quite a bit of elevation change.

When we started running the fog had begun to lift but thankfully it was still overcast and there was the slightest of breezes.  The first mile felt really good and I found myself going too fast during the first couple of run segments so I purposely tried to slow it down.  Near the end of the second mile there was a significant hill which of course I hit during a run segment :-p  By the time I got to the top I was gasping for air and as luck would have it, it was about the same time that run segment ended and a walk segment began…regardless I had to walk!

After the first two miles I really began to slow down, not by any conscious effort but because it was just getting so hard to breath in that humidity.  I walked quite a bit during mile 5 and tried to finish strong in mile 6.  My average pace was much slower than I had hoped for but I’m just happy I was able to finish 6 miles.  One of my running partners, L, started cramping up and had to stop after 5 miles.

The weather folks say we’re going to get a break from the heat and humidity next week…I sure hope they’re right!!  :-)

7.26.14

7.26.14 pace

No rain…just HUMIDITY!

Humidity won today – I opened the door to let the dog out this morning and it smacked me in the face!  I said, “no way I’m running in this” so I collected my stuff and headed once again to Anytime Fitness – my membership is coming in very handy this past week  :-)

Today’s workout was a duplicate of Monday, 30 minutes alternating 4 run, 2 walk.  I decided to try a little something different with the speed, I wanted to push it up at each run interval so I would finish the last interval at 5.5.  I usually slow down at the end of my workouts so I thought this would be a good opportunity to start slower and finish faster.

I started the first run segment at 5.1 and increased it .1 at each run interval.  By the last interval I was at 5.5, I even kept running for an additional minute before slowing down to walk…woohoo – small victory.  My overall pace actually improved by a couple of seconds too.  I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to control my pace when I’m running outside again; I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it but there doesn’t seem to be any break in the humidity on the horizon, so I may just keep going to the gym.

7.23.14

Another Rain Out

Today’s rain out was a complete wash out!  Thunder and lightning & torrential down pours…wow, I haven’t seen it rain like that in years!  The new Half Marathon plan I’m following called for a 30 minute workout alternating 4 minutes run with 2 minutes walk.  Instead of waiting for the storm to pass I hopped in the car and went to Anytime Fitness to get my workout done early in the morning.

I was surprised to see the place was kind of empty at 7 am but I was glad not to have to wait for a treadmill.  I hopped on and started my 5 minute warm up walk and then I kicked the speed up to 5.0 for the first run segment, then backed off to 4.0 for the walk.  On the second run segment I set it at 5.3 and on the third I went to 5.5.  I decided to back it down to 5.3 for the fourth and fifth segments; I’ve noticed this little ‘twinge’ on the inside of my left ankle/achilles area after I run so I didn’t want to push too hard.

It was a quick workout and thankfully there was a small break in the down-pour that allowed me to get back to my car without getting soaked – although I was already wet from sweating.

Tomorrow calls for 30 minutes of cross-training, I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do…

7.21.14

Rain out

Well the rainy weather caused us to take our run to the gym, so today was a treadmill run.  One of my running buddies is following a 14 week Half Marathon training program which started this week.  The plan is a run/walk program which progresses over the 14 weeks.  Today’s plan was 5 miles – run 3 mins, walk 2 mins.  I decided to give it a shot since I end up taking walk breaks anyway, I figured it might work out better if I ‘planned’ the breaks instead of waiting until I ‘needed’ the breaks.

I was pleasantly surprised how well I did using this method – I not only had a better overall time but I didn’t feel exhausted at the end.  And since I was on the treadmill, I could control the pace at which I was running – on the run segments I set the pace at 5.5mph and on the walk segments 4.0.  Not only did I feel better during the run segments but having to change the pace every 2-3 minutes made the workout go by more quickly!

Holy smokes, even with all those walk breaks I still averaged a better pace than if I had run for as long as I could before walking…hmmm, maybe there’s something to this run/walk training program!  I’m going to keep following it for the next few workouts and see if I get the same kind of results  :-)

7.19.14

A break in the weather

Wow, what a beautiful morning today…64 degrees, 68% humidity…a girl could get used to this!!!

I had planned to do speed work yesterday but it just did not happen and I wasn’t ‘in the mood’ for it today either so I decided I would do some hill work again.  I picked a route that was a 1 mile loop and ran it three times.  There were a few small hills and one pretty steep hill that I wasn’t sure if I could repeat three times but I decided I’d give it a go.

The first time through didn’t feel too bad but I definitely had to walk after that steep hill.  I followed the same plan as last time, I could walk when needed just not on the hills.  When I picked up running again I tried to ‘hurry’ a little to keep my average down and it appears to have worked…on the first lap.

The second lap was a little slower since I took more walk breaks and by the final lap it was all I could do to get to the top of the hill without stopping – whew! I’m glad that’s over! LOL

I’m happy to see my overall pace was under 13 min/mile…that’s good considering the steep hill and all the walking!!

7.17.14.

7.17.14 pace