Friday, February 27, 2009
Before I started, I thought it might be less boring if I slowly tried to pick up my pace rather than trudge along at the same pace for ten miles, but the wind was so strong that I gave up that idea in the second mile. That was the mile where I wanted to quit - for the first time today. When there were no trees or houses to block the wind, it was like running at the beach on a summer day - 70 degrees and windy. I finished the ten miles (10:08/mi. average pace) and that was the easy part of today's workout.
I came home and when I get home after a run, it just seems like I should be done running, but I wasn't. I wanted (that doesn't seem like the right word) to run three more miles - uphill. The choice (I was using a workout from Hudson's Run Faster) was to set the incline at somewhere between four and six percent. I played around with the speed and the incline and ran most of the way with a four percent incline at 5mph (which works out to about a 10:00/mile according to this conversion chart) with the beginning slower and the ending miles faster only because then I would be done sooner. I took (too many) breaks during this part of the run, but I did finally finish the three miles, which was harder than the previous ten miles.
I stretched and then stood in our pool for ten minutes, wishing I had heated up my chocolate milk before I drank it and then I cleaned up. I was so tired that I actually had to take a break in the middle of blow drying my hair just to let my arms rest.
~Gotta Run Now
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I finished the run with eight ten second uphill sprints on the treadmill.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Today is the first day that I noticed that we have wildflowers in bloom down the street from my house. Look! The Indian paintbrushes match my running shoes!
Today is also the first day that I noticed that my "comfortable running pace" is getting back to normal after the marathon I ran about a month ago. (I was beginning to wonder if I'd lost it. I decided that I'd keep running anyway, though, so when the time comes that I do lose it, now I know that I won't lose it. Are you with me? If I lost you, don't worry. Just ignore me.) Anyway, today I had a good 8 1/2 mile progression run where later miles are run faster. It was windy, but I won. The wind was pushing hard on me in the eighth mile, but I didn't slow down. I didn't keep the same pace. I just sped way up.
Friday, February 13, 2009
March 20, 2009 update: Those Red Velvet Cupcakes, made from a recipe in a running magazine, were never frosted and were put in the freezer. I pulled one out and, ya know, I like them! They seem more like a chocolate muffin then a cupcake, though. I think that's what bothered me when I made them.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I'll keep trying to qualify, but I'm not planning on running a marathon again right away. However, all of the miles I've put in only make me stronger. Besides that, I like running. So far, I've run twenty-five miles this week. Barring injuries, lightning storms and my own laziness, this will be a thirty-five mile week - a new high since the marathon.
~Gotta Run Now