Well, not actually out in the cold…
My church has started a Saturday running group at 8am and since it’s January I made sure to check the weather on Friday night; they were forecasting 22 degrees at 8am – Yikes! I’m a BIG sissy when it comes to running in the cold so there was no way I was running outside in those temps; however I was bound and determined to get my run in early. I decided I would meet up with the group and then head off to Anytime Fitness. This served me well because I was already dressed and out the door – no excuses to ‘wait until later’.
At the meeting, most runners felt the same way I did – only opting to wait until later in the day to do their run…but not K. She’s hardcore and wasn’t going to let the temps stop her from running outside – she tried to talk me into it but I was clearly not dressed to run outside and I had no desire to anyway. We needed to put in 6 miles to help prepare for the Hot Chocolate 15K in Atlanta at the end of the month so she hit the streets and I hit the treadmill.
I don’t mind running on the treadmill most of the time but I’ve learned anything over 3 or 4 miles gets really boring and brutal. After 3 miles I told myself that I would stop at 4 – then I thought about K running outside and decided I would push on until 5 miles. Once I hit 5, I reasoned that I only had one more mile to go so I finished it. I was mentally exhausted when it was over and I was rethinking the whole running outside in the cold thing 😉
As tough as it was, I’m so glad I completed the planned distance – I know I would’ve regretted it later if I had stopped early.
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!
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!
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!!
The temperature today was much more conducive to running – sunny, low 60’s with a slight breeze – dare I say “perfect”! I decided to get out a little earlier than usual and I switched up my route to give me a little different scenery. The run today was 5 miles so I programmed my app for 1 mile intervals with planned walk breaks of .1 mile.
After the 5 minute warm up walk, I started the run. The program calls for today to be a long, slow run so I wasn’t worried about my time so much, I just wanted to try to run each interval as much as possible. Miles 1 & 2 worked out very well, I felt strong and only slowed for one walk break aside from the planned walks. Mile 3 however is a different story – since this was a new route I wasn’t completely familiar with the elevation and just after I started mile 3 there was a very large hill. My run quickly turned to a shuffle and then to a walk (note to self: when running this route again go the opposite direction!) Mile 4 was a little stronger but I had to take a few more walk breaks. At the end of mile 4 I had actually covered 4.4 with the planned walk breaks so mile 5 really only consisted of .6 of the mile.
I’m pretty darn pleased with the first two miles and with my overall pace. If I can carry this to next weekend I may just reach my goal of finishing the 10K in 1:20 or less!!
The weather here has warmed up and I think old man winter has finally packed up and left – woohoo! That said, I now have to remember that it’s not easy to run when it’s 80 degrees! The run today called for 4 miles and I planned to do it right after work, not really thinking about what the temps were going to be. Regardless, I followed my plan and laced up after work and hit the neighborhood streets. Once I was outside, it dawned on me that the temperature was going to be a factor – the saving grace, there was no humidity 🙂
I set my C25K app for 1 mile intervals with no planned walk breaks and I was off. I wanted to see what my time was at each interval instead of just recording the overall pace. My first mile felt pretty easy, my rhythm was good and I wasn’t feeling tired. The second mile I did slow down for two walk breaks and I could feel my legs were starting to get a little tired. Mile 3 & 4 were pretty rough, this is where the temperatures got to me. I wasn’t overheated but the heat was zapping all my energy, I ran for as long as I could but in the last two miles I took a lot of walk breaks – I lost count.
Looking at my statistics, I think it captures how I felt during the run very well. My next run is Saturday – 5 miles – and the temps are supposed to be a little cooler with highs around 70 so we’ll see how I do then.
I’m not sure what exactly my problem is but I have not completed a run since Jan 21…that’s 10 days! It’s been bitterly cold here in the south and we got snow/ice last week; I think I’ve used that as an excuse to keep myself in the house hibernating…I feel like such a slug!
As if that’s not bad enough, I have three straight weeks of business travel in front of me and I’m notoriously bad about running while traveling. I fear that I’m not going to be able to complete the 10K with my Run for God group in April and that makes me sad. One bright spot is that my broken toe is doing better, it’s still a tiny bit swollen and I notice some discomfort if I try to wear shoes that are a little tight in the toe box, but I can’t use that as my excuse for not running.
I reviewed the R4G program last night and I can get back on track if I start today…so if the weather won’t cooperate, I’m going to the gym to put in the prescribed 4 miles today. I may have to walk a good part of it but, dang it, I’m going to do it.
So a few days ago the Daily Topic suggestion was to describe your perfect Sunday and today has turned out to be a perfect Sunday and it’s not too far off from what I described. The weather is beautiful today, 72 and sunshine. We had some friends stop by with their new baby and we chatted for a while then we all went out to lunch at our favorite mexican restaurant. Then we came home and took our dog for a long walk to soak up the sunshine. We ran into a neighbor walking her dog and chatted with her the rest of the way. Now we’re back home and we’ll probably grill out for dinner and then relax in front of the TV for the rest of the evening.
What a beautiful Sunday 🙂 ttfn