Today I did 2 1600's at an average 7:55 avg. pace, and then 1 800 at the same pace. After that I road a bike for 10 minutes. I was supposed to do 4 800's but I decided not to. I'm trying to listen to my body. In my respective 1600 hundreds I warmed up at about 10:00 minute miles for .20 of a mile and then I ran the rest anywhere from anywhere from a 7:53 to a 6:48 pace. I felt good about this progression. I think my cross training is paying off and I'm getting stronger. I've changed my running days this week because my parents are going to be in town so Friday I'm going to run a 10 mile run. I haven't decided whether to run it outside or on the treadmill. A treadmill helps me keep track of my speed because I don't have a Garmin, but outside is so much more fun.
Today I ran 6 miles. I forgot my watch so I don't know how quickly I ran it. This year in the Salt Lake Half, the last mile was uphill. It was hard for me, but I managed. I realized I need to do more hill work though, so half my run today was uphill. Varying workouts is the key to getting stronger so I'm trying to do that. Tomorrow I'm going to do yoga and on Saturday, I'm running 10 miles at a 8:30 pace.
My training for the Provo River Half has started somewhat slowly. I think I strained my calf muscle running Salt Lake, and I didn't want to make it worse, so I didn't start gun hoe into my next training plan. I decided to use the FIRST training plan for this half. I can't say that I have been following it very well, but I intend to, and I like the idea of running 3 days a week, instead of all week. Cross training will vary, but so far, I've biked and done the stair stepper at the gym. I'd like to lose some weight as well so it will be easier to meet my 1:45:00 goal. I read somewhere that if you can run a half in 1:45:00 then you can probably qualify for the Boston Marathon. I don't know if that's true, but 1:45:00 sounds like a good number. It would also be fulfilling to tell myself that I ran 13.1 miles at a flat 8:00 minute mile pace. Today I was supposed to cross train, but instead, I took advantage of the nice weather and went for an easy 3 mile run. It was good to get out of the gym and back on the street. (I've been running on a treadmill because I'm a wimp and don't like the snow...) Running outside today reminded me why I like hitting the pavement so much. The sky was clear and blue, and the mountains were snowcapped. Yes, Utah is really beautiful.
I started a blog about running 4 or 5 months ago, and then decided to stop because it was beginning to feel like a waste of time. I even ended up quitting my family blog as well, because my blogging world was just getting too big and time consuming for me. Real life is way better than virtual life, and I intend to keep it that way.
However, I'm a runner, and like other runners, I like to track my progress. Blogging caters to tracking your goals and once and awhile spying on people with goals similar to your own. Consequently, this is my attempt at joining the running blog world once again...