Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday - 3.55 mile walk in 58 minutes (16:20/mile). That's a pretty fast walking pace for me and it felt nice.
Tuesday - 4.58 mile run in 59 minutes (12:52/mile). The time includes warm-up/warm-down. I ran most of it at 2:30/1:00 because my legs felt sluggish. I did 4x hill repeats but the hill is only about 250-300 m long rather than a 400 m hill which I think would be better. I'm not sure if the sluggish feeling is from being the 3rd day to run or walk in a row. Interestingly my overall pace for this sluggish day is nearly the same as my great run day on Thursday.
Thursday - 1.02 mile run in 62 minutes (12:45/mile). Includes warm-up and warm-down, 8 acceleration gliders (concentrating on lean) and 8 cadence drills. Run felt great.
Friday - 2.65 walk in 46 minutes (17:21/mile). Easy walk.
Sunday - The Training Plan calls for a 17 mile run 2 weeks from the race. I had already decided to do 13-14 rather than 17. But I got terrible sleep all night and was very upset and just couldn't concentrate. I did the first 6.5 miles in 1:30 (13:50/mile) but just gave up and walked the 2.5 miles home. TrainingFAIL.
I'm dissapointed about missing out on the long run 2 weeks from the race. I wish I had the flexibility at work to feel like I could take a few hours off and do a makeup but I really don't. I am extremely nervous about the half-marathon to the point of some days wanting to just not do it but I keep telling myself and I am much much more prepared than I was for the Livestrong last February. I would like to knock 5 minutes minimum and would love to knock 10 minutes off my time last February but I don't want to get all locked into a time goal either.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
So my paltry runs/walks:
Friday - I did not get up in the morning but in the afternoon ChocolateFamily was still at a playdate when I got home so I put on workout clothes as quickly as I could and headed out the door. I literally had not left our yard when the phone rang with ChocolateWife calling to say that they would be home in a few minutes so I walked to the closest major intersection and back home. It was about a mile and about 16 minutes.
Saturday - We had a babysitter in honor of my birthday (today) and I chose to go hiking. ChocolateWife and I went to Walnut Creek and hiked for about an hour. We were able to walk through the creek bed for a long time which was sort of cool but also really sad. Everything in the park is just dead and wilted and it's very sad and scary. 3+ miles in an hour - then we went to lunch.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I had a good training week.
Tuesday - I didn't get up and run but I think I really learned something from it. I didn't get up but then I spent the entire day wishing I had. I felt like it was a turning point in thinking about that saying that you never regret the runs you take, only the ones you miss.
Wednesday - 4.32 miles/58 minutes (13:25/mile). Includes warm-up and warm-down. I ran with a 3:1 ratio and the weather was lovely - 64 degrees but smoky.
Thursday - 3.65 miles/47 minutes (12:52). Here's where my Tuesday paid off. Again, I didn't want to get up but I remembered Tuesday and I got up. Did a 3:1 ratio, then acceleration gliders and cadence drills. Later a lunchtime walk to the credit union of .95 miles and walk from the bus to the store and store to dinner.
Friday - 3.18 miles/52 minutes. Nice morning walk. Later walks to and from the bus stop and car place.
Sunday - I had a 15 mile LSR planned and was strangely excited about it. My last LSR I did at 60:60 and I wanted to try a harder ratio so I decided on 90:60. The night before I smashed my right pinky-toe on a plant in the house (see picture below). Ouch. I wasn't sure I would be able to run at all. I got up at 5:00 to try and beat the heat and also not use up the entire day. About 3.5 miles into the run, I tripped on a sidewalk and fell (see picture below #2). It was the first time I've actually fallen since I started running although I've tripped many times. My right arms is pretty bruised as well but the pictures don't seem to show it. I also got a blister on my left foot from a new pair of socks that are thinner than my usual.
Nonetheless I got up and walked for a minute or two and then resumed my run. I can hardly describe how happy I was with the run. I did the 90:60 for the first 11 or so miles, then dropped to 60:60. I ended up at 15.13 miles/3:33 time (14:04/mile). My target time should have been between 15:20 and 15:50 depending on exact temperature so it was a good pace.
|Toe I smashed on a plant|
|Banged up knee from falling during the run.|
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Thursday - Scheduled 45 minute run. Actual 5-6 minutes running. I felt crummy and just decided to walk it. Very nice walk of 3.51 miles in 58 minutes.
Saturday - Scheduled 10 x 800m repeats in 5:50 goal time. I was pretty concerned about this workout because 1. I slept very badly Friday night, 2. The last set of 8 x 800m were so hard, and 3. I feel like I'm not working out very well during the week. Every set of repeats I have done, I have felt like the first x-2 were doable but I've really struggled for the last 2 repeats. I figured that was just a given. This week I considered just walking but gave myself a stern talking to and did them anyway. I am so glad I did. They went very well (5:09, 5:14, 5:16, 5:19, 5:22, 5:25, 5:28, 5:26, 5:36, 5:30). Including warm up/down the workout was 6.92 miles in 1:38.
Sunday - Walked 3.38 miles in 58 minutes. I knew we would be out of town for a quick trip and didn't want to miss too many days. It turned out that we walked a decent amount both Sunday and Monday but I still wanted some concrete miles in my day and am glad I did it.
This week calls for 2 runs and a walk (I already blew off one run but will try to make it up) and then a 15 mile! long slow run on Sunday. The high temperatures this week are forecasted for low 90s so I'm optimistic that it will make a difference in my running.