Monthly Archives: November 2010

Trying to Keep Up

My dad was just going easy on me yesterday.  Today I tried to run closer to his normal pace, and I had to quit after 4 miles.  The last 1/2 mile or so was a lot of uphill, and I just couldn’t keep the same pace.  I shouldn’t be too disappointed though, because I still had a personal record for time and distance – 4 miles in under 40 minutes!

  • Mile 1:  9:28
  • Mile 2:  10:09
  • Mile 3:  10:09
  • Mile 4:  10:10
  • Total:  39:58 (average = 10:00)

It’s amazing to me that increasing the pace just slightly has me worn out so much more quickly.  I also looked at my Garmin for the 5k time – 30:47!  I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull off a sub-30 minute 5k for my first race, but I shouldn’t be too far from there.

7 Miles

Good news!  I found my camera 🙂  It’s been missing for over a month now – I wanted to get back into posting pictures, but I couldn’t find my camera.  Hopefully I will be posting pictures again soon – but until then, I just have a run recap.

My dad runs 5 miles almost every day.  It’s always amazed me that he’s in so much better shape than I’ve been, and I’ve wished before that I could run the 5 miles with him.  Today was that day – I ran 5 miles with my dad.  And then 2 more on my own!

Not only did we run 5 miles, but we did much of it on hills – not big hills, but it was a challenge to me since I’ve gotten used to running on fairly flat trails.  We also slowed down over the first 3 miles (which included the biggest hills), but picked up the speed for each remaining mile.  The average pace was 10:39.  Our splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:38
  • Mile 2:  10:46
  • Mile 3:  11:05
  • Mile 4:  10:58
  • Mile 5:  10:36
  • Mile 6:  10:23
  • Mile 7:  10:04
  • Total:  1:14:31

A big day for firsts – first 5 mile run with my dad and first 7 mile run ever!  I celebrated with a heath bar chip pancake…mmmmm.

Feel the Burn

After my run tonight, I felt the burn.  I haven’t really experienced this before, but when I got in my car after the run, it felt like my legs were on fire.

I ran 5 miles tonight, and my focus was on speed work.  I wanted to do a slow warm up, run a fast mile, recover for a mile, run another fast mile, then cool down for a mile.  I’d say I was successful, but my “recovery” mile was definitely my slowest – I had to walk so much of it, but it seemed to pay off in the next fast mile.

My splits:

  • Mile 1:  11:25
  • Mile 2:  9:17 !
  • Mile 3:  12:50
  • Mile 4:  9:15 !!
  • Mile 5:  11:38
  • Total Time:  54:25 (average pace = 10:53)

I couldn’t believe the 9:15 and 9:17 minute miles – or the fact that there were two of them!  I am not a fast runner, but I saved most of my energy for those two miles and went as fast and as long as I could.  During the beginning of the second fast mile I watched a guy fly by me, and decided to try to keep up with him (at a distance, didn’t want him to think I was stalking!) and I managed to follow him for almost half a mile at a sub-9 minute mile.

I felt really great about the speedy miles, but very sore by the end of it.  I also feel exhausted now – I’m heading to bed!

I Heart My Garmin

The Garmin has made running so much more fun for me.  It’s all the statistics it displays – I love playing with the numbers.  It definitely pushes me, as I set mini time goals for myself.  I find that I am constantly watching my pace to make sure I’m running fast enough, but not too fast.  I’ve also noticed that I never seem to keep a steady speed.

My goal for today was to run 3 miles, increasing my speed slightly each mile.  I wanted my run to average a 10:20 pace.  I did not increase my speed each mile, but I did average a 10:08 pace.  I probably could have increased each mile if I had just taken it a little more slowly in the beginning.  But I had to walk twice (about 30 seconds each time) during the final mile.  My splits were:

  • Mile 1:  10:18
  • Mile 2:  9:59
  • Mile 3:  10:07
  • Total:  30:24

As I got closer to the end, I really wanted to do the 3 miles in 30 minutes, but I just didn’t have it in me.  However, even walking for about a minute total, my final mile was better than my first.  Maybe walk breaks aren’t so bad!  I wasn’t as sore today either.

6 Miles

It’s been awhile!  I have neglected this blog for too long.  I actually considered starting a new blog on a new topic, but Pat encouraged me to come back to this one, after all the work I put into it earlier this year.  So, here I am!

I spent the months of March – October running on our treadmill.  It’s very convenient, but not very exciting.  I wasn’t very consistent with my running, and never made it more than 2 or 3 miles at a time.  So I decided to try running outside. There are a number of reasons excuses for why I have not really run outside up to this point.  Such as a fear of it being harder, not knowing my time & distance, weather, and safety concerns in running by myself.  But when Pat agreed to go to Memorial Park with me 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time to give outside running a try.

And I LOVED it.  There are so many people on the 2.93 mile track, the people watching alone makes the time fly by.  It felt good to feel like I was really moving, and I found that I didn’t get tired so quickly (probably because I always push the speed on the treadmill, out of boredom).

Last Saturday I ran/walked about 5.85 miles in 1 hour, 9 minutes.  It felt great, and I felt proud of myself for completing that distance, even if I had to walk a lot of it.  I went home and ordered a Garmin Forerunner 305.  I figured that if I bought an expensive toy, then I would have to use it.

I continued to push myself with shorter runs this past week, knowing that my GPS would be delivered on Friday, and I would want to test it out with a long run on Saturday.  Last night was a late night, but I still made it out of bed by 7:30 AM (thanks to Bailey, who is always an early riser), and I made it to the park by 9:30 AM.

I ran six miles this morning, without stopping once.  In the rain.  This is the farthest distance I have run in my entire life, and it felt great!  I took it slow and easy – my goal pace was 11 min miles.  And as the miles flew by, I knew I could make it the entire six.  I ran 6 miles in 1:04:15. My average pace was 10:43.   I don’t have the split between miles because I still haven’t figured out that feature on the Garmin.  Does anyone have suggestions??

I didn’t feel winded at all until I hit 2.5 miles (this usually happens during the first mile).  I actually felt really strong, up until 4.5 miles.  That’s when the rain really picked up, my knee began to hurt and I found myself struggling to keep my 11:00 pace.  I tried to pick other people on the trail to keep up with, to encourage myself to keep going.  And once I saw that I hit 5 miles, and then 5.5 miles, I really pushed it to race to the end.

My left knee was killing me by the end, but it felt 10 times better as soon as I stopped running.  I stretched a little before leaving the park, but felt self-conscious and decided to head home to finish stretching.  This was probably a bad idea because my calves have continued to hurt all day.

I’ve decided that I will register for a race this weekend.  According to this article, it’s the best way to stay motivated to continue running.  I will also put together a training plan for whichever distance I end up choosing.

Any tips for a runner recently converted from the treadmill?