Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Run 2014: Week 13

Tuesday, June 3rd: 12 x 400m, 2:00min per 400m
     This was my first experience with track repeats and speed training and it wasn't that bad. There's a local collage about 2 miles from our house that has an open 400 meter track so we headed over there.  I did pretty well hitting my times. It was always somewhere around 2:00 to 2:05 minutes per 400 meters. I was pleased with my progress and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. We'll see how the next weeks go. I'm assuming that it'll get harder as we go along.

Thursday, June 5th: 6.07miles in 58:54, average pace 9:42
     And this run sucked ass. Big time. It was supposed to be 2 miles of warm up, 3 miles at 8:58, and one mile of cool down. That is definitely not what happened. Instead it was 6 miles of me sucking wind and trying not to vomit. I'm really not sure what happened. I thought I started slow enough but miles one and two were a 9:44 and a 9:38 respectively. After that I just couldn't seem to rally. My first mile at tempo was a little slow at 9:01 but the other two were 9:30 and 9:38. I just could not manage to speed up without having to stop and walk to get my stomach to settle down.

Saturday, June 7th: 8.01 miles in 1:18:46, average pace 9:50
     And then this run was perfection. I was due to run 8 miles at a 9:53 pace and I killed it. I went into it frustrated about Thursday's run and convinced that there was no way that I could hit that pace consistently. So I just decided to screw the time and just run what felt good. And I nailed it. Sure my times weren't spot on every time but it average out to be right and I'm going with it.

Overall thoughts:
     For a first week of a new program this went pretty well. It's very different having time goals and distances to hit. And I definitely need to spend some time getting used to it. It takes a lot more brain power than just going out and running whatever feels good (although that's what I did on Saturday and it worked out okay). One challenge is that I don't have a good way to track my pace while I'm running. My phone's gps does not track that specifically and I'm not willing to spend the money on a garmin. So I doubt I'll ever get it dialed in perfectly but I'm sure I'll get close enough.

For me the hardest part of this running program is that Justin and I are training for different times now and that means that we aren't running any of our runs together. That is quite the change for me. We've always run all our runs together and now we're adjusting to solo runs. So far they've been fine. The three that I did this week weren't too bad and I didn't get bored. Seriously though, this is a very good thing for Justin. Because we've always run together that means we've always run my slower pace. And I'm much, much slower than Justin is capable of. So now he gets to push himself and see what he can do and it's going to be really fun!

In other news, I have no developed any new aches or pains and my ankle has been quite well behaved lately. It was pretty much fine during every run. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic that I have finally figured out how to manage it. As long as I stretch the ankle extensively after a run that seems to keep it happy the rest of the time. That's definitely doable and much easier than daily stretches and exercises.

So yeah. A good week of running was had by all. After we've gotten a bit more settled into our current training plan/running routine I'll write an update on what plan we're using and how we like it so far. But at this point, one week isn't near enough time to form an opinion!

Fort4Fitness: 19 weeks
Huff: 31 weeks

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