Nothing really interesting today, just a couple of 15 minute easy runs.
Gushing father stuff below…
All the buttkickers and plyometric exercises on the FitStar App have definitely taking it’s toll on my muscles, specifically my hamstrings. Also, wifey and I have started some spring cleaning. Why is that important? Because I was so distracted with the cleaning today that I didn’t think to drink anything until almost an hour before my run. Not smart, right? When I went out for my run today I could feel how tight my hamstrings were and even though I had downed a couple glasses of water while getting dressed I was still feeling the effects of the dehydration. With these inconveniences I decided to take it easy on my 8 mile run today.
The good thing about running with sore hamstrings is that it kept me from over-striding. Every time I tried to pick up the pace in the first mile I would feel the tightness in my legs. It wasn’t until about three miles in that I felt comfortable enough to significantly pick up the pace. I had to stop at 5.5 miles to get some water and agin at 6.25 because it was sundown and the flag was being lowered but besides that I felt great.
On a completely unrelated note, I want to say good luck to all the runners on here who are running the LA Marathon tomorrow, beccafit4life, robbsrunning, dreaminmiles, and tinkerbellrun to name a few. I wish you guys the swiftest of feet and fastest of times. I am looking forward to tracking all of you tomorrow morning.
Somehow I slept through the entire weekend and today is actually Monday. There’s no way I’m this busy on a Friday.
Lots of fun stuff today. I got to lead sailors through a workout I came up with, ran with my daughter and made my coach happy with a run of my own. Check it out below.
This makes 3 days in a row for the distance and I finally managed to control my pace and take it easy during the run.
I started out a little slow. My legs were a little tight from my FitStar Legs and Back workout from yesterday. Plus I went out not really having a plan on where I was running. I wanted to create some new routes here on base, after all running the same distance all week is boring so I need to keep it interesting somehow. I definitely started going too fast on mile 3 but as soon as I saw that split I reigned it in and finished right where I wanted to be.
So yesterday I was supposed to incorporate 5x30 second full sprint bursts into the last mile of my run…but like I said yesterday, I was dealing with some issues and because my mind was preoccupied during my run, I forgot. My coach wasn’t happy. I’m supposed to incorporated them in again tomorrow. I can’t forget tomorrow because he might be really mad if I do. Coaches…they’re so insistent that you follow their guidance 100% of the time.
After a few days at the same faster pace, I find myself falling into a groove like this too. Just be careful. My groove usually lasts about 5 runs then I feel a bit burned out. Not much fun, trust me :)
I’m hoping to slow it down over the next couple days. If not, I’ll definitely slow it down this weekend when the runs get longer. It’s just so easy to go fast on these shorter runs.
I had originally planned to take it easy today but I ended up having a kind of stressful day. Between work and stupid people acting stupidly I had a lot I needed to run off.
Like I said, I had planned to take it easy today…instead I ended up faster than yesterday. Easy day fail. On the plus side…I was a LOT more consistent in my splits than yesterday. I still would have liked to stick to my goal pace but I was just too amped.
Tomorrow will hopefully be a better day. Work will definitely still be crazy but Hopefully the stupid people will no longer be an issue. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.
Because I am definitely running WAY too fast. A lot faster than I should be.
Of course I also love going fast so I’m not too torn up about going fast.
Seriously though, here’s how I see it. I am postponing my attempt at an ultra this year to work on my speed for my half marathon and marathon PRs. How does a runner get faster? By running faster of course!! After all, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, moderation is for cowards.” (Sorry, I watched Lone Survivor this weekend and I’m feeling a little motivated)
My coach has 4 mile runs scheduled every day this week and 8 miles on Saturday. I think I’m going to alternate faster runs and easier runs from day to day. Which means tomorrow is an easy day. My goal is going to be to average somewhere in the high 6:50’s per mile with no mile faster than 6:45.
This was a short run for me but for my daughter it was her long day, and she KILLED IT! It was only a mile but it’s the furthest she’s run since we started training for the Hot Chocolate 5K.
She ran the entire time and had so much fun the entire time. I’m super proud of her (incase you can’t tell) and when we talked about how we’re going to keep increasing her milage she asked if next weekend we could run 2 miles. Haha! I love how much she loves running.
The second run was my run. Coach had me scheduled for a 5 mile run today. Not exactly a long run, but my longest run this week. I didn’t really prepare for this run very well. I ate a bunch of leftover pizza a couple hours prior and had a rather large soda to go along with it. I decided I should probably take it easy. Last thing I needed today was to throw up pizza and coke during my run.
Well, at least I tried to take it easy. After the first couple miles the feeling of having a stone in my stomach went away and I felt comfortable enough to pick up the pace. It ended up being a really fun run.
In racing news, I found a 5K to run. It’s called the 5K Run for the Reef in Fresno. I found it on Active. There’s no website and no course information which makes me a little nervous about it but I did find this blog post on the Fresno Aquarium’s website that talks about it. It’s a timed non-competitive race. Should make for the perfect training run.
I had a run like this on Thursday. It was refreshing.
It was great today! I love the feeling of a cool shower during a run. The head wind making those water droplets feel like little needles on my face wasn’t good but luckily that was on for a short part of the run.
Memories are priceless.
You know, I really have to remember that more. My daughter is growing up really fast and I need to cherish the small moments.
You guys got “Moves like Jagger”! Her smile says it all. She’s def having fun with her dad!
I don’t know about moves like Jagger, haha!
If you check the half marathons they always run a 5k. 3/16 is the California Classic in Fresno, can you run that race?
That’s actually a really good idea! California Classic is sooner than my coach wants but I’m definitely going to be looking at some half marathons for accompanying shorter races. Thanks for the idea!!
Active.com works for my area… not sure about Cali.
I’m not a big fan of Active but it has it’s uses. A lot of the ones on Active are the same as Running in the USA. Thanks for the input though.
The rain was incredibly refreshing during this run. I could have done without the wind but the rain was great!
I felt great from start to finish on this one. I had to take some wide turns and slow during some of the shaper turns because all the oils in the road were coming up and I found my shoes slipping on the ground a bit. I’m just getting back on track, last thing I need is to fall on my ass and break something. (I know this sounds kind of ridiculous when some of you are still running through ice and snow back east)
Seriously though, if you don’t run in the rain you’re missing out on a great running experience.
(I know I look like I’m “sparkling” but I promise it’s just the flash on the rain)