Saturday, July 26, 2008

Finally. A Saturday Run.

I pulled myself out of bed today. It was even more difficult to get out of bed today because the final time trial stage the Tour de France was on TV. By the time I got out the door it was almost 10am and the outside temperature was starting in get HOT.

The run was tougher than I thought it would be. Lack of sleep and cold Coors Light seem to be a bad combination for putting in a solid run. Today's pace was meant to be EZ but I didn't have any control over going slow. It just happened.

I put in a 5 minute warm up and warm down with 5 - 7 Minute repeats at about 7:30 pace. The heat was getting to me and I could feel a bonk on the way so I took a few 20-30 second rest periods between efforts.

Good run overall. My knee did not bother me at all. Got some sretching in before I showered up and ate 4 eggs and a bagel. Long run tomorrow?

Route: Perimeter Center Run
Distance: 5+ Miles
Time: who's counting?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

No time to workout? Yeah right.

Thursday was hectic but I got a quick 4 mile run in. The schedule had me at 5 miles, but between driving home from work, picking up dinner, marinading dinner, icing the wine, icing the beer, and showering, 4 miles is all I could fit into my 1.5 hour window.

The run felt good. I was worried about my right knee. I have been feeling some soreness there that is not a normal soreness to feel. Not sure what it is, but I have been keeping my miles at a very slow pace on the treadmill. Just around 8 min/ mile.

Got some stretching in after the run and was able to put down a couple of cold Coors Lights afterwards. Friday is a rest day.

Route: Treadmill
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 32:00 minutes

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Another 4 Miles in a Row

Today's run was another good one. I woke up at 5:10am, as I am still trying out this morning routine thing. It has been working out well (for the past day) so I thought I would give it another shot. I slowly rolled out of bed, exchanged my sleep pants for running shorts, threw the rest of my clothes on, and hopped on the elevator down to the gym for a treadmill run. 4 miles while watching Sports Center. Very entertaining.

I have been feeling good after my runs. I am actually writing this around 7pm so I have had a few hours to feel the impact of getting up and running. My mid-day fatigue is all but gone and my legs are not at sore at all. Tomorrow I have 5 miles to put in so we will see how that goes... treadmill miles, that is.

Route: Treadmill
Distance: 4 EZ miles
Pace: 8:00 per mile

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

4 Miles Indoors

I put together a new running plan this weekend. Once again, my training faultered and I had to come up with a new goal to get me going. So... I sat down and figured out a solid distance running schedule for the next few months. This one actually gets me to mid-December for the Dallas White Rock Marathon. That's right... Marathon.

So its ramp up mileage time. I have not been running AT ALL so putting in some good quality miles is the first stage. I have about 5 weeks of this (I think) and then it is on to the bigger runs. Long runs. Put aside 2-3 hours out of your day runs. That is going to feel good. I'm looking forward to it and hope to remain healthy as the weeks continue.

Today's run was a short run. Most of the runs I will be doing are going to be short. I will ramp up a long run on the weekends and try to put some mileage on during the week, but it will be at a modest increase with little to zero speed work.

Should be fun.

Route: Treadmill
Distance: 4 EZ Miles
Pace: 8:00/mile

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another Start

This past week has been uncharacteristically stressful. The main source of that stress has been work. My goal throughout the week was to put together a series of 5 mile runs each day, however, as the stress levels aside from training increased so I decided to back off the mileage to compensate.

That brings me to where I am today, 4 days since my last run. It is another start. I seem to have these "new starts" pretty often as I assume most runners do. When your training is random (or non-existent) it becomes easy to back off and tell yourself you will start over again when things calm down or you are less busy. Lifestyle changes can add to the feeling that you need to take a step back, recalibrate, and get a fresh start. I don't think it has to be this way.

I am working on new running goals. These goals will be similar to those of the past, but I think they will allow me the flexibility to train hard and focus on family and work without jeopardising any of them. One of the main challenges that runners of all abilities face is that of time management. This is something I have had some success with outside of my training so I am hopeful it will translate into my daily plan.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Another 5 Miler

I have been running on the treadmill in our new apartment gym for the past three days. Today's run was another good one. The pace has been slow, but my goal is to keep the miles coming each day. I am feeling a bit more stress at work which is starting to impact the training.

Route: Treadmill
Distance: 5 Miles
Pace: 8:00/mile

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Treadmill: 5 Miles

The run yesterday was not bad. I have been adding some incline to these runs at 4% with my speed anywhere from 7:30-8:00 minutes per mile. These uphill efforts have been feeling good. I am going to keep adding them to the runs to mix it up a little bit.

Route: Treadmill
Distance: 5 Miles
Pace: 8:00/mile

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...