Posts Tagged ‘core work’

Workout: 2 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work (66%). Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Just a couple days to go now. That felt pretty good. Didn’t eat much yesterday or drink a whole lot this morning, and it still turned out alright. Starting to do some short drills before these runs now to warm up. About 15m of high knees, butt kicks, and arm swings (running motion). I think it helps me to get off to faster starts like today. Great core work session afterwards – really fast.

Have been sleeping extremely well lately, and not sure what to make of it. Going to keep that up, eat and relax. Most of what I needed to do has already been done before now. I think I got this.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 59 degrees, sunny.

Recap: I felt a lot better about that run before I saw that it was 59 degrees outside. I could have sworn that it was warmer. Maybe I thought it was warm because the sun was out for once. In any case, I felt like I had a lot left in the tank at the end of that one. The first 1/2 mile wasn’t so fast, but it was on from then. Really got good support from my upper body today. Nice arm swings. A full five pounds heavier today than two days ago. What a difference. Morning HR is up. Not sure what to make of that at this point. Workout HR is up as well.

When I run now, I picture having a power meter (like in the fighting video games) above my head. And I visualize that power meter (bar) declining over the course of the run. Today it didn’t run out. I’d like to have that success on a 70-degree day though. Great core work session as well. Got through it in record time. Next week’s time trial is starting to look possible.

The theme for me today is to stay in the moment. Last night, I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish in well…life. And it was a little depressing. Because I simply don’t have time or energy or the competence for list I made. “It’s too much” was the first thought that came to mind. I’m going to stay in the immediate today. Looking no more than 10 minutes ahead at a time. I would like to think that I could be happier and at the end of the day get more done.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 64 degrees, rain.

Recap: Good run. In the rain. No matter. Really like the power that I felt in my legs today. Nice big swings with a back-kick. Gliding through the second half of the run. Another slow start, but a quicker finish. Going to have to start considering a warm-up now. Just can’t pick up and run like I would usually do.

Really happy with Day 1 of the super-secret nutrition plan. It’s a little stupid, so I don’t want to throw it out there right now. Unless it works. Let’s just say it’s efficient. Good core work session today as well. On to tomorrow.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Manned up and got out there anyway. Really slow start in 6:18 before closing the show on the last two miles. Played a little game where I would pick up the stride frequency for a 1/4 mile and stride out for a 1/4 mile. I think it’s something that I’m going to do from now on. Keeps me alert. Really proud that I did this a day after a long, long run too. I just didn’t want to miss.

Core work went well again. Blasted through the work, and that’s another day in the books. Two weeks to go now. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Really worked on form today. Didn’t think as much about pace until about a mile into the run. Content to just feel comfortable and let the run go naturally. It was nice until about the 1.5-mile mark. Then I had to push to get through. Funny, the run felt hard, but the HR was lower on average than normal. Dunno. Suppose, for once, I won’t worry about it.

Nice to pass by people off from work for Independence Day. I think people would work out more if they had a little more free time. I can certainly understand prioritizing work first though.

I don’t at all feel ready for the time trial in two weeks. But maybe halfway through the month I shouldn’t be. Cutting the core work sets down to 3 from 8. I was starting to skip them, and I don’t want to make a habit of it. I’ll make up for the loss of volume by pushing faster and increasing reps from month to month. For now, 3 sets seems psychologically consistent with 3 miles.

Have a great Independence Day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace. Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy.

Recap: Good run. Had to work on the back half of the run though. Started pretty easy and felt light on my feet. First mile didn’t give me much trouble. At the halfway mark, focused entirely on run form: arms to the side, upright, trying to keep the heels off the ground. I feel stronger when I run like that. Unfortunately, I was late for work and felt pressure to go instead of doing core work afterwards. HR still climbing. Got to stop being a bum in the kitchen. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.

Recap: Fun run for the most part. Found my toes today. That is, running on the balls of my feet for some of the way. Really made the thing a lot easier. Ran a 3×1600 workout with a friend last night, so I’m really happy that the extra mileage doesn’t affect my plan too much. In fact, it seems to be helping just a little bit. Every time we run, my next day’s run is a little bit better somehow.

HR is up. Predictable. Weight is down. Got away from my nutrition a little bit. Didn’t finish my core work at the end. Really disappointing, but I was tired, and I want to get to work earlier today. That is, not as late as I normally am. Better jump on the eating thing again, so the beginning of last week doesn’t happen…again.

Word of the day is still courage. And forgiveness. I failed at something. I’m going to let it go. And try again.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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