Sunday, September 30, 2007

The next run plan

So, I've been torn which direction to take my training. I have had some fun running short distances and the 5k to 10k races are all over the place. The 1/2 and full marathon are still extremely appealing, but I think I will opt to the 10k distance to focus on through the fall and winter months here in Atlanta as I continue to acclimate to the hills.

Next April I may begin training for the Marathon again, but until then I will be training more for the short course and speed than long and well... slower.

Week 1 Training Plan - 10/1-10/7

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Quick 6 at 7:13/Mile

Run Summary
Distance: 6 Miles
Time: 43:19
Avg Pace/Mile: 7:13
Max Pace/Mile: 6:52

I wanted to try and get a few more miles in today but kept it at 6 instead of the 9 I had planned. I have been feeling a little tight in the IT Band area and the knees are starting to speak up more often. I am planning on taking the mileage down or even taking a week or two off to get some recovery going. Need some serious recovery!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Another 3 with the Dog

Run Summary
Distance: 3 Miles

I took Cooper, the dog, back out on the trail today. It was another good run with the dog, and his pace is getting faster! It took a little bit more out of my knees by running so slow and out of form. This will probably be one of the last times I run with the dog until I can figure out a better way to keep up my form without risking injury.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Running with the Dogs

Run Summary
Distance: 9 Miles
Avg Pace/Mile: 7:22

Jordan and I just adopted a 1.5 year old Tibetan Terrier. We have been walking him between 3 and 5 miles per day and today I decided to take him out for a run. I ran with him for about 3 miles and at a pace around 9-10 minutes per mile. It was a little hard on my knees to take it that slow, but he had a great time running through the woods.

After running with the dog I put anothe 6 miles down at a pretty quick pace. Probably should have backed off the pace a little bit, but the weather was great and my legs felt strong so I kept it around 7 min/mile or so.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Quick 3 and Out

Run Summary
Distance: 3 Miles

Not much time to run today after work so I tried putting together 3 quick miles. No watch or heart rate monitor. Just a few solid miles.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

2007 ChoicePoint Windward Challenge 5k

Today's race was a good one. It took place after work in the middle of the week and was for Children's Health Care of Atlanta. I took the chance to run with my coworkers instead of pushing it and ended up have a slow pace, but a great time.

I ran with Greg the entire way and made sure he knew when we were getting passed by women pushing their kids in strollers. The hills were pretty brutal and the slow pace forced me to really work my legs.

Overall, I would say it was a good training run and an opportunity to hang out with the guys I work with. Next year, I think will pick up the pace. Could mean walking away with some hardware!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Back in Form with 8

Run Summary
Distance: 8.12 Miles
Time: 1:00:29
Avg Pace/Mile: 7:25
Max Pace/Mile: 7:12

It was tough to get out on the road this morning. The bonking last week had me thinking that I could have another hard run ahead of me. Thankfully, the temperature was in the low 70s so the chances of a total melt down were minimized.

It felt good to get out in the morning with those familiar faces. Runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes, and abilities had set aside any anxiety about getting out on the trail and were now in motion. Moving forward.

The pace was right and my form was there. I could be racing next weekend. If not, I will be adding another mile to these Saturday runs. If I can keep this pace, I will be on target for Boston if I decide to take my training that direction. Otherwise, the 5k should be getting faster and faster.

Time to move forward.

Morning Run

Got out this morning, again, for a morning run through the hills. They are not as daunting as they were when we first moved to the hill cou...