Monday, August 11, 2014

Just Run to the Fountain


During what turned out to be my favorite run of last week, I forgot to start my Garmin for the first third of a mile and my legs felt sluggish at first. After the warm-up, the run seemed to fly by even though it was humid and it didn't start well. Never judge a run by the first mile!

  • I ran for 5 minutes at a time. There are two water fountains at the park that take me 5 minutes to run between. I ran from one fountain to the other one five times with a two minute rest in between.
  • When I reached each water fountain, I stopped for a drink. Telling myself that I only needed to get to the other water fountain made the distance seem short.
  • I ran at a pace that I felt I could hold for five minutes based on how I felt and not based on a certain pace. I made it through the workout without having to stop and sit on a bench like I did two days later during my speed workout - live and learn! 

When I got home, I saw my timed runs pace: 9:32, 9:09, 9:10, 9:22, 8:49. Three were close to my goal marathon pace: 9:09 for a 4 hour finish so I'm happy. It's hot so I'm lenient on myself! It was a good run. In fact, I forgot to stop running at 5.7 miles (since I started my Garmin late) and I ran 6.3 miles instead of the planned 6 miles. 

To learn about running by effort rather than pace during a tempo run, read How to Run a Tempo Workout by Jenny Hadfield.


Weekly Summary (August 11-17)
  • Monday - 9 mile run, arms; PM: 30 minute ride
  • Tuesday - 30 minute ride, abs/back 
  • Wednesday - 6.3 miles with 5 x 5 min. with 2 min. recovery. 
  • Thursday - 4.7 mile run, abs/arms 
  • Friday - 6 mile run (1, 2, 3 min. intervals with 1 min. recovery x 3)
  • Saturday - 4 mile run, arms
  • Sunday - Rest

I'm building up the miles slowly during this training phase. I'm happy to have made it to 30 miles of running for the week - a small milestone!

28 comments:

  1. A small milestone maybe, but it shows you are progressing how you should, and moving in the right direction! I would say that is a great milestone :) I love the run to the fountain, I have had many runs like that!

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    1. Thanks! And it really did work out perfectly with the fountains. I'll to try to work that out for future runs!

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  2. Great week and great idea to run between the fountains. Tempo runs are so hard for me, I have to admit I rarely do them

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    1. A lot of times, other runners talking about their tempo runs reminds me that I haven't done one in a while!

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  3. Great job Tina! Thanks for posting the article. I'm not very good about knowing how to pace speed workouts so hopefully that will help!

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    1. I know what you mean about knowing how to pace speed workouts! I need lots of reminders - like Jenny Hadfield's article.

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  4. It always irks me when I forget to start my Garmin (or the battery dies!). Congrats on 30 miles this week!

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    1. Forgetting to start or stop my Garmin is not good! There's that saying, "If I collapse, pause my Garmin." That's me! And thanks!

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  5. I love the way you made your run do-able by dividing it into fountains!

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    1. This works well when it's warm, but if it was cold and I ran through a city, maybe I could run between stores with hot bagels. I like that idea!

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  6. Awesome job this week! When it's hot and humid during an outdoor run, I will give myself a landmark to run until as well...it is a great confidence booster!

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  7. Great week! I like the fountain idea!

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  8. Great week of running! I completely agree with the never judge a run by the first mile - usually a run only gets better after the first one :)

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  9. I hate when I forget to start my Garmin or when it goes off on me for no reason! Great job girl!

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  10. Sounds like a great run Tina! I set my watch but seldom look at it when I'm outdoors running...don't know my pace until I get home and upload. Usually will just look at it for distance.

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  11. I used to do that exact same thing when I was running the three mile loop in Memorial Park - focus on the next water fountain. It is a great way to break up the run into more manageable pieces and to reward each effort at the end. During the summers in Texas, water is the greatest reward. :)

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  12. I thought of you when I jumped at a snake this morning. It wasn't moving because it was quite cold out (really) but I still jumped. The other day I swam buoy to buoy. One thing at a time can really help.

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    1. I completely understand being startled by a snake, but swimming buoy to buoy in open water - now that's really scary!

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  13. What a great idea to run between water fountains! I did a similar workout with my nephew, we ran between mailboxes. Great way to get a 5 year old tired ;)

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  14. What a great way to break up a hot run - love that you even went further than you had planned!!

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  15. Tonight I did 10x400m laps around the park with my husband, and thinking about it we started and stopped at the water fountain - I might have to nickname that our Tina workout!
    Good luck with your training - which marathon are you training for now?

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    1. Ha, ha! I'm thinking about signing up for the Chosen Marathon in Texas held in October, but I'll wait to see how the next few weeks of running go before I sign up. How fun that you and your husband did a speed workout together!

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  16. I agree, never judge a run by the first mile, ha ha :) I have a water fountain stop too on my running routes, although I'm not sure it is turned on in the cold winter months.

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  17. "Never judge a run by the first mile!" words to live by! It's seems like my first miles are always sluggish, hard, legs feel heavy, but then things get a bit easier after that. I love the run to each water fountain strategy!

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  18. I love the drinking fountain idea! I also never judge a run by how it feels in the beginning. It's amazing how much things can turn around in just a few hundred feet.

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  19. Sounds like a fun workout! I love to choose landmarks to run to when I am running. When is your marathon? I hope your training is going well!

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    1. I'm signed up for a February marathon, but I may run one sooner - in October!

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  20. You certainly cannot judge a run by the first mile, or even by the first 30 minutes sometimes! My easy 5 miler today was a testament to the former.

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