Posts Tagged ‘easy run’

Workout: 5 miles @ 7:37 pace; core work. Weather: 68 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Back from 3 days off to try to let my left foot heal a little bit. Still not all the way back, so I’ll take tomorrow off as well. Not sure I’m going to be able to pull off a time trial on Saturday at this rate. Don’t have much confidence in the foot. That said, good run today. Didn’t feel like I put a lot of effort into it. Looking to pick it up on Wednesday for speedwork. Already cooking up a different plan for the Fall. Fun times.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 6 miles @ 7:38 pace; core work. Weather: 72 degrees, dark, wet.

Recap: Almost didn’t do this run. I tried early this morning for 1/2 mile, but I didn’t like the way my feet felt. Walked home and decided to take the day off. Went to Dick’s Sporting Goods to get some compression sleeves for my calves because I heard that they aided recovery. Plus, they look kind of cool. A little later, I was looking up tendon pain in the sides of the foot. One of the recommendations was not to tie the shoes too tight. After knocking down some cookies, almonds, corny dogs and fries, I decided to re-try my run. And it turned out to be a good one. I hadn’t run at night in some time, maybe since last year, so it was nice to see some different scenery. Stomach held down the food pretty well, and the left foot didn’t give me too much trouble.

I did learn a lesson about relying on technology though. My habit now is to only show the time remaining and the pace for the runs now. I really want to avoid seeing heart rate, because I don’t want a number to tell me how I’m feeling. I’d like to get comfortable with “easy runs” as easy runs, especially. The pace felt fine for the most part. Being night time, however, I occassionally need to see the pace, and I have to check the night light on the Garmin to do so. Of course, I accidentally hit the watch menu to indicate heart rate and I saw “185”, which for me is like being right in the middle of a hard tempo run. Rather than panic, I ignored the watch, figuring that something must me wrong with the reading. The run just didn’t feel that hard, though it wasn’t a cakewalk either.

After getting home and uploading the data, it turns out the Garmin had my maximum heart rate at 212, a number that I can only reach through intense short intervals – if at all. And it read that the heart rate was over 200 for at least 3 minutes. Long story short…it lied. Now, maybe it was because I ran past a row of fast food joints. The same joints that can set off those police detector scanner things that are illegal to own. In any case, running by feel worked tonight. Have to remember not to get discouraged by the Garmin on the fast days either. Just complete the workout.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 6 miles @ 7:38 pace; core work. Weather: 64 degrees, sunny.

Recap: These runs are relaxing. Getting up every morning without the pressure of having to do your best is a nice thing. Plus, the heart rate is coming down for each of these easy runs. Still mindful of how my feet are landing and leg lift, especially since some of my route is along gravel. Trusting the Runner’s World plan here because I’m not quite sure how runs at this pace prepare me for a race 1:45 faster per mile. But I’ll sit back and let the magic happen.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 7 miles @ 7:38 pace. Weather: 63 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Really pigged out yesterday, and I felt it immediately when I started running. Felt so heavy. The good news is is that today’s run was one of those runs that felt better as it went on. Found a nice trail with no one on it, and that gave me a chance to get into some Night Ranger (their one and only hit) as loud as I could sing it. I’m sure I sounded horrible, and it frightened the animals. Didn’t care. Had headphones on. Couldn’t hear my voice.


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Workout: 3 miles @ 83 to 88%; core work. Weather: 61 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Mildly disappointing, but lesson learned…too many short runs at too high intensity. Received a helpful tip in yesterday’s comment section. The idea is that certain runs force certain adaptations. Time to mix it up a little. Going with the Runner’s World SmartCoach plan to finish off the summer. Good mix of easy runs, speedwork and long runs. Gonna see if 17:30 is possible in two weeks. If it works, I’ll use the SmartCoach again in the Fall. Fun times ahead here.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 83 to 88%; core work. Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Good things happening out there. Humidity is a bit annoying but still improving. Soreness is almost completely gone now. I’ll try squats and lunges again tomorrow, so I can hurt some more. Really enjoying this heart rate deal. No pressure.  Pretty hard to fail as long as the right intensity is reached during the run. Might want to switch to longer runs in the Fall just for the heck of it. 20 minutes everyday is not a lot of time to spend doing something you love.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3 miles @ 83 to 88%; core work. Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy, wet.

Recap: Business as usual. Ran through the stiffness early and actually negative split this run. Starting to like running by heart rate. Since I don’t control the pace, it’s always a surprise the next day. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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