It’s been pretty important to me to keep a day or two between training sessions. I feel like it’s what works best for my body and keeps me interested in workouts.
However, sometimes, it doesn’t work out that way, and I’ll get backlogged, which means I either shortchange myself on training or I have to double up.
In keeping with my new “fake it til you make it” philosophy, I opted to keep myself from falling behind.
On Tuesday, I had just enough time for a 5K. It was sunny and pleasant out, and I wanted to up the ante and see what I could do. Rather than slipping right into my run/walk intervals, I challenged myself to run the entire first mile and then ran the last half mile. It’s been a while since I focussed on consistent running, but since I’ve been extending myself with my fartlek workouts, it only made sense to see what I could do on a regular day.
It’s good to push the limits.
I felt really good when I was done. Really good. Like I’m getting somewhere. Which, in turn, makes me want to push harder.
This morning was a little less inviting, with 20mph gusts, dark clouds and the threat of rain. Not my favorite.
But Wednesdays are fartlek days, and the faster I got it done, the faster I could get home to a hot shower.
I’m really feeling the progress.
When I first started this routine, my lungs were burning after just a few minutes. I struggled through disgusting bouts of coughing and stabbing cramps. Not saying that all those charming side effects are 100% gone, but it is getting exponentially easier.
- 6:00 – .55 miles (10:55 pace)
- 3:00 recovery – .16 miles (18:50 pace)
- 5:00 – .53 miles (9:27 pace)
- 2:30 recovery – .13 miles (19:22 pace)
- 4:00 – .44 miles (9:08 pace)
- 2:00 recovery – .11 miles (18:47 pace)
- 3:00 – .33 miles (9:11 pace)
- 1:30 recovery – .08 miles (18:59 pace)
- 2:00 – .24 miles (8:26 pace)
- 1:00 recovery – .05 miles (20:28 pace)
- 1:00 – .13 miles (7:49 pace)
I am falling into what feels like a consistent pattern, exerting control over my pace, stepping down with each grouping, and ending with, what for me, is a pretty quick sprint.
Seeing numbers like that is a really huge boost, especially in light of how down in the dumps I’ve been feeling about my running, lately.
The Donna 5K & Family Fun Run is in ten days. I am starting to feel stronger and more ready. I’m planning to work on my tutu this weekend – the more pink, the better.
I’m still keeping an eye on my left foot. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on. It has periods of feeling fine, and then others of real discomfort. I can run through it, or at least, I have been able to so far. I’m stretching it and icing it, and I’m just generally hoping it will work itself out. The discomfort has kind of migrated from my arch to the back of my heel and sometimes, to the top of my foot. I don’t think it’s worth a doctor’s visit quite yet, but we shall see what happens. Any advice or thoughts are welcome.
What’s your “favorite” bad weather in which to run: rain, snow, ice?
Do you have a part of your body that seems particularly prone to injury or issues?