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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?

Couch to 5k – Week 4

4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

 

Week 4 – Workout 1 (July 10, 2010)

  • Total Time:  26:30
  • Miles:  2.17
  • Walked at 3.3 mph, jogged at 6.0 mph

I was dreading this workout.  I had mentally prepared myself to fail, which probably was not a good way to start.  But I have not been keeping up with this program as consistently as I should, so I’m not sure what I expected out of this workout.  It’s been 5 days since my last c25k run… and I considered quitting the program.  Maybe now’s not the best time for me to start something like this, but I really want to try to keep up with it.

I’m embarrassed to write this, but I must confess:  I paused the treadmill twice during this workout.  The first time was around minute 15.  I had run the first 3 minutes and first 5 minutes and began to walk, when I developed a bad cramp in my side.  The pain was so sharp, I paused the treadmill so I could get off and cool down for a few minutes.  Determined not to give up completely, I got back on and ran the next 3 minutes.  And then stopped again.  I needed to let my heart rate drop a bit and catch my breath before attempting the last 5 minutes.  It was a good thing I did… I struggled through those last 5 minutes, but did not stop.

I expected to feel really good after this workout, but I was in pain (in my side) and it took a long time to get my heart rate back down.  I ended up walking until I hit a total time of 45 minutes.  I did not enjoy this workout, which makes me wonder why I even plan to continue… but I think if I could keep up with it every other day like I did when I started, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.  And I did make it through all the running parts!

Week 4 – Workout 2 (July 12, 2010)

  • Total Time:  26:30
  • Miles:  2.18
  • Walked at 3.3 mph, jogged at 6.0 mph

This run did go just a little bit easier.  I only had to stop once – I made it through the second 3 minute run before stopping.  I probably could have pushed through, but my heart was racing and I was struggling to catch my breath, so I stopped for a few minutes, then got back on for the last 5 minute run.

Lady Gaga got me through the first three minutes easy, and helped with the first five minute run.  Did I mention I’m going to see Lady Gaga in two weeks??  Good music definitely helps make the time fly.  I really struggled with the last five minutes, but I also spent half of it searching for a song to get me through.  I need to update my playlist!

Did you miss the first 3 weeks of my Couch to 5k training?

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Ballpark Tour

Saturday morning with the family started with a nice long outdoor run with my sister.  I am usually not an outdoor runner – I actually prefer the treadmill (which = A/C), and it gets pretty hot in Texas.  According to my pedometer, we ran 2.28 miles in 26 minutes.  Not bad considering I haven’t been doing a lot of running without walking breaks!  After almost being attacked by a dog off his leash, we made it home – nice and sweaty:

After our run, I made my mom and Cara a green monster.  They tried a berry flavored one on Friday, but this one had:

  • Light vanilla soy milk
  • Almond butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Flaxseed
  • Chocolate chips
  • Splenda
  • Ice

These were a hit!  Very filling, too.  After finishing our shakes, we  headed back to Minute Maid Park for a tour of the ballpark.  We weren’t exactly sure where we were going and hit some traffic on the way, so we got there right as the tour was starting.

Side note – two years ago (Summer 2008), I was the Sonic fan of the game.  I won a $25 gift card to Sonic and had a chance to win $25,000 – if only the Astros had scored a grand slam in the 6th inning.  Anyway, I’m pretty sure that our tour guide yesterday was the same woman who picked me to be fan of the game!

The tour was awesome.  We started in the upper decks, where we had a great view of the empty ball park.

Next we got to visit the corporate suites.  They were pretty swanky, but I didn’t like the view with the overhang in the way.

I was fascinated with the carpet in the suite level 🙂

Next we visited the media room.  It was filled with books with tons of baseball trivia to help with the games they play throughout the games.

Next up we visited the Diamond Club.  Also very swanky.

How much do diamond seats cost?  Only a deposit of $28,000 for your first season.  And you have to buy two seats.  Maybe some day…

The diamond club leads you out right behind home plate.  We got to pass by the Bush’s seats and head out onto the field.

Great backdrop for a family photo!

We got to go in the Astros dugout – very cool!

We got to walk all along the outside track (the “warning track”) of the field.  It’s called the warning track because it gives the players a warning that they’re about to hit a steel wall or flip into the crowd once they enter the track.  We weren’t allowed to walk on the grass – or even “look at it funny.”  It’s from Argentina and only needs a little water and a few hours of sunshine a day to stay healthy.  Isn’t it pretty?

One of my favorite parts of the tour was that we got to go behind the scenes where they post the scores of other ball games.  At Minute Maid Park, it’s all done by hand – about four people per game update the scores manually.  You could poke your head out and see the field – and I did!

The tour was interesting, but we were tired and ready for some lunch once we were done.  We went to Romano’s Pizza for lunch.  They have the best pizza in Houston.  Seriously.  I don’t know if it’s the cheese or the somewhat sweet sauce or the thin but doughy crust, but it is addicting.  True NY pizza – and that comes from my dad, who grew up on Long Island.  I would eat this stuff every day if I could!

You don’t need anything other than cheese with pizza this good!  I’ve also tried the chicken parmesan and meatball sandwiches in the past – everything at Romano’s is great.  I just wish they delivered!

Couch to 5k – Week 3

3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

 

Week 3 – Workout 1 (June 15, 2010)

  • Total Time:  23:00
  • Miles:  1.68
  • Walked at 3.3 mph, jogged at 6.0 mph

I planned to take a day off between every run.  But I was so motivated to start week 3 today I thought, why not?  I actually looked forward to this run all day today.  I can’t remember the last time I was actually excited to jump on the treadmill.

After the first set of a minute and a half and three minute run, I felt pretty good.  I was nervous about doubling the running time to 3 minutes.  It’s not I think 3 minutes is a long time to run – but I usually don’t run at 6.0 mph (usually closer to 5.5 mph), and I’ve been out of shape for awhile now.

I felt good until the last minute of the second 3 minute run.  It was like I suddenly lost my breath and my stamina.  Maybe it was mental.  But that last minute was rough.  I had a cramp in my side by the end of it… I probably didn’t drink enough water before the run.  But I’m glad I pushed through it.  It’s good to know that the first run of the week is always the worst.  This week is downhill from here!

Week 3 – Workout 2 (June 18, 2010)

  • Total Time:  23:00
  • Miles:  1.70
  • Walked at 3.4 mph, jogged at 6.0 mph

I was worried about how this would go after skipping two days instead of one, but it wasn’t bad.  My feet were actually really sore yesterday so it was probably good that I took an extra rest day.  This was easier than workout 1 this week, but I was still pretty tired that last minute of the 3 min run.  I’m hoping the last run this week will go even better!

Sidetracked

On June 19, I ran outdoors with my sisters.  We had a nice run in the hot Texas heat, but it wore me out.  On June 20, we spent over 7 hours walking at the outlet stores.  By Monday my body needed a rest.  Unfortunately, that rest day turned into 6 rest days.  I walked twice, but I didn’t make it onto the treadmill.  Not because I was too tired all week, I just got too busy and my workouts were what I sacrificed.  But that is no excuse!

Today (June 27) I ran the week 3 training run.  I walked slowly for 25 minutes first while talking to my family on the phone before starting the training run.  It went pretty well, but I could tell the difference from not running for a week.  I made it through, but I was not prepared for the last 3 minute run.  I think I am going to do this run one more time before moving onto week 4.

Total time today was 50 minutes; 2.81 miles total; 1.66 miles training.  Walked at 3.3 mph, jogged at 6.0 mph.  I will get back on track this week!

July 3, 2010 – Week 3 run

I was not prepared to move onto week 4 yet, after another break from running, so I did the week three run for what was supposed to be the last time.  Until I realized how difficult it still was for me, which led me to do the week 3 workout just one more time:

July 5, 2010 – Week 3 – Workout 3

  • Total Time:  23:00
  • Miles:  1.68
  • Walked at 3.3 mph, jogged at 6.0 mph

This one is still difficult, but I think I’m just going to have to move on and try week 4 next week.  This week has dragged on long enough!  I’m determined to keep up with my workouts and find time on Wednesday to get this run in.  I still find the last three minutes difficult.  The only difference was that this time, after the second 1.5 min run, I felt like the 1.5 min walk was long enough for me to cool down and feel better prepared for the last 3 min run.  It was still rough though, and I am dreading week 4, but I guess it’s time for me to get over any nerves and just give it a try!