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. 

2 comments:

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...

Elaine,

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.