A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Not So Slow

It's still the first week of my half-marathon training and I'm already switching workouts around! I'm also exhausted, but I'll get to that in a minute.

My plan had me running 3 miles at a SLOW pace on Tuesday followed by either rest or some cross training in the form of weights. Yeah, well, I had to skip my 3 mile run due to a lunch event and since the treadmill and I broke up I didn't plan on doing it at the gym after work. Instead I did the elliptical and the weights.

Which meant that when another guy from the lunch time running group asked if I wanted to go for a run on Wednesday instead I said, "Sure!"

I told him I wanted to go slow, I really did! But his version of slow and my version of slow are two totally different things. Which meant that instead of a nice, slow jog for 3 miles I once again essentially did a pace run. Oops. On the plus side, it felt okay. I was able to talk for most of it and we did take a short walking break at the halfway point. I was tired afterward, though. Sometimes running at lunch invigorates me and sometimes it makes me want to crawl under my desk and sleep. Yesterday was the latter.

Wednesday is also my favorite aerobics class so even though I was sleepy I went to the gym, did some ab work, and then danced my little heart out for an hour. Thankfully he had us a do a new routine that seemed a lot lower impact than normal. I appreciated it.

Which brings me to this morning. In the past two days I've worked out three separate times. I feel like I've spent more time covered in sweat than not. And I'm about to head out on another lunch time run. I swear, though, this time I will go slow! I hope.


Route:--Elev. Avg:587 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:-10 ft
Date:02/03/10Up/Downhill: [+121/-131]
Time:11:39 AMDifficulty:2.3 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy with Haze
 30 F temp; 68% humidity
 30 F heat index; winds NW 7

Distance: 3.21 miles
Speed:6.6 mph
Pace:9' 08 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 41+0' 336.2-0.4-30 ft
210' 19+1' 115.8-0.8-7 ft
38' 24-0' 447.1+0.60 ft
end9' 18+0' 106.5-0.1+6 ft
Versus average of 9' 08 min/mile

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Jesse said...

Just think that this will get you hardened up for 26.2 miles come October :)

kilax said...

I think your body is trying to tell you something... it's ready to speed up!

Bayjb said...

Ohhh what kind of aerobics? Dance? I can't wait to hear all about your training for the half-marathon.

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