Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week 5 training and notes.

This week's goal: maintain mileage and increase intensity. Also, build confidence that I haven’t completely lost my mind in trying to become a “fast” runner again (fast, of course, being a very relative term.) I learned a big lesson from Ironman, Jim Webber: ALWAYS use a 1% grade when running on a treadmill to imitate runs outside. I had no idea, and I’m slightly bummed-- I hope the past four weeks haven’t been a complete waste. 

Monday, 1/18: 10 miles in 1:14:42 on the treadmill in Tahoe City. Felt great.

Tuesday, 1/19: 16 miles in 2:05 on the treadmill. I HATE the way all my running clothes chafe the hell of out me when I run inside (because I’m a sweaty monster.) I never knew post-run showers could be so painful.

Wednesday, 1/20: 8.1 miles in 60 minutes. Then weights and abs, all while a crazy snow storm raged outside. Also, I met Patrick Stewart in Syd’s Bagel shop in town. He’s my favorite actor, so I’m taking this as a sign of good things to come. 

Thursday, 1/21: 7.2 HORRIBLE miles. I felt sick, out of breath and generally out of synch with my body. Also-- I’m not sure it’s OK to write about this online (good thing no one reads my blog anyway)-- my tampon fell out. I’ve never had that happen. It was AWFUL!! Also, I wore a heart rate monitor for the first time in years. HR: 160-171. 

Friday, 1/22: 11.5 mile in 1’30

Saturday, 1/23: 7.5 miles in 60 minutes-- easy run. I felt OK-- not great, but not awful, either. HR: 167-171

Sunday: 1/24: 8 miles total, 6 mile tempo. Times per mile for tempo run: 6:58, 6:58, 6:58, 6:53, 6:47, 6:40. Easy warm up and cool down. 

Weekly total:  68.3 miles. Too many... but overall, I feel good.  A bit fatigued, perhaps, but no pain in my legs. No injuries, so far. 


elaine said...

Hahaha! You can't say, "I'm only saying this because no one reads my blog anyway" and the link to it on Facebook! You crack me up. I usually treadmill at a 1.5% to 2% incline. That's a great range for your heart rate... you're either a) super fit, b) super efficient, or c) both. I'm guessing C. :)

R said...


I know-- I'm a total dork, though honestly I doubt anyone else WILL read this. It's only for runner-geekettes like us. :)

I honestly had no clue about the incline-thing. I feel like a dweeb.