Monday, April 25, 2011
I already described Sunday's run in last week's post. But the rest of the week went like this:
Monday - 56 minutes, 3.58 miles. Walk 10 minutes, run 1 mile, walk 5 minutes, R 3 W 3 R 6 W 1 R 6 W 11. It should have been walk a mile, walk 5 minutes, then 3 repeats of R 6 W 1. It was definitely a day when my mind was telling me that I couldn't do the 6 minutes. I had to spend about 3 minutes telling it to shut up.
Thursday - 61 minutes. 4.16 miles. Walk 10 minutes, Run 1 mile, Walk 5 minutes (R 6 minutes, W 1 minute) x3, Walk 12 minutes.
Friday - 68 minutes. 4.1 miles. Walk 10 minutes, Run 1 mile, Walk 5 minutes, Run .7 miles (should have been 1 miles), Walk the rest. I went for a trail run in the hot (around 90-92 degrees) and had a lot of trouble with it. I also really felt like I need to get some trail shoes.
My foam roller came on Friday afternoon. It's quite awesomely brutal. It feels wonderful on my back, great on my legs (mostly), and torturous on my IT bands. I never thought I had much tightness on my IT band but it's so hard to use there. Ouch.
Saturday I went and tried on a pair of New Balance Minimus Trail shoes. They felt great. They were like wearing a pair of slippers. Still, I balk at the $99.95 price tag (both MSRP and the price at the "outlet" where I tried them on). Do I really want to pay $99.95 for a pair of shoes that I can only wear when running trails? They're not a road shoe and I do most of my running on the road. I left without getting them. I may end up going and getting a Trail Shoe but not the Minimus ones. There are some pretty decent feeling trail shoes at Academy in the $49-$69 price range. We'll see...
Monday, April 18, 2011
Tuesday - 1:01 4.29 miles. W10, (R5 W1) x 6, W15.
Wednesday - 1:01 4.7 miles W10, (R5 W1) x 6, W15.
Friday - 1:39 6.33 miles W10 (R6 W1) x 5, the rest walking. I went running at Walnut Creek and it was just lovely and beautiful. I saw two different women walking dogs and 2 bicyclists and that was it. There were more people at the park which I could tell because of the cars in the lot but I didn't run into them.
Friday redux - 46 minutes, 2.49 miles. I needed to kill time between not making the iron cutoff to donate blood platelets and picking up my nephew at school. I planned to park and walk at Town Lake but I could not get parked due to the Reggae fest so I just parked and walked downtown.
Sunday - I set out to do some Yasso 400s. If you google Yasso 400s or Yasso 800s you will find about 20,000 links (no exaggeration) - mostly to blogs. Either is an interval workout that theoretically predicts marathon time (800s) or half-marathon time (400s). For the 400s, you run a 400 at the pace you want to run the 1/2 in (but minutes:seconds rather than hours:minutes), then you walk 200 meters. If you're starting your training you might be able to do 4 400s at pace and you work up hoping to get to 20 by the time you're nearing race day. I went to the track at my neighborhood elementary school. Now I called the school last year and spoke to the P.E. teacher who said that the track is 1/4 mile. It's a trail type track - dirt and gravel but doesn't look like 1/4 mile.
After walking 10 minutes, I set down my water bottle which I intended to use to mark my starting/finishing points for each lap, hit start on my watch, and started running. Lo and behold, my first 400 was 1:50. Well, since I was hoping to do at least 4-6 400s at 2:20 that seemed sort of fast. Very fast. I walked my 200 and then hit start again. Another 1:50 lap. Third lap - I hit my timer but also hit the button on my Nike+ to find out the distance. Guess what? The track is .18 miles long, not .25. So 1/6 of a mile. I did 5 more 400s at 2:20 by running about 100 yards past my water bottle, then walking back past it and then some more. The 10 minute walk and then 7 400/200 intervals took 35 minutes and covered 2.4 miles. I walked another 1.69 miles in 33:20.
It's definitely a workout I'll do again (Yasso recommends doing it once a week in addition to all other training) but I think next time I'll use a "real" track or mark off a true 1/4 mile on this one.
In other news, I put on a pair of shorts that I haven't put on in about 3-4 years or more this weekend. It fit great. Actually it was a little baggy. I could probably wear a 1 inch smaller size. I have two pairs that are the same khaki & blue and I wore both during the weekend and both fit great.
In other other news, I ordered a foam roller this weekend. I've heard very good things about using them to stretch and loosen muscles so it seems worth trying.
Monday, April 11, 2011
ChocolateWife is getting more and more clients which is pretty wonderful in terms of our finances although it doesn't do much for our seeing each other. But one thing I makes me wonder is if I want to get a cardio machine of some sort for the house. Once I get the kids to bed, I could do a workout if I had something. Of course, I could also do some plyometrics or yoga I guess. I'm waiting and considering on it. So far we haven't really seen a huge increase in the income but ChocolateWife really wants to get a new lawnmower and tablet PC for herself and one for ChocolateSon to do his school work on so I'm hesitant to buy something right off (even from Craigslist).