Posts Tagged ‘time trial’

Workout: 2.41 miles @ 5:44 pace. Weather: 77 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Didn’t quite have enough today. But I did learn a lesson about relying on the GARMIN.

Needed 5:37 pace for this run. First mile was right on 5:37. I started feeling fatigue in mile two. Then the treachery began. The GARMIN told me I was moving at 6:07 towards the end of mile two, and then didn’t give me me a split for that mile. I assumed I ran the second mile at 6:07. I tried to speed up a little at the beginning of mile 3, but figuring that I was already 30 seconds behind, I stopped running.

After getting home and uploading the splits to the website, I saw that the second mile was in 5:44. A lot better effort than I thought. Excuses aside, I was genuinely tired at the end of mile 2, and I don’t think I would have made it much further before crashing.

Here’s the plan:

1) Repeat this week of training with 2-mile runs.

2) Make sure the nutrition is on-point (I did OK last week, but I can do better).

3) Try again next Saturday.

*If it doesn’t work out next Saturday, I’ll start taking every other day off.


Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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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: 2 miles @ 6:10 pace; core work. Weather: 77 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Getting warmer now. Was able to power through it pretty well, but I get the feeling that 77 degrees on Saturday isn’t going to be good for my goal. Have to make it point to get out there by 8 a.m. instead of 9:20, like I did today. That also, means getting to bed earlier before race day. Should probably start working on that now. Seem to have the physical strength to pull this off, but I don’t want my heart working in the high-180s until the 3rd mile, if I can help it. Going to make this really simple for myself because thinking is too expensive:

3,000 calories + bedtime by 10 = likely win on Saturday.


Now to create some sort of chart to enforce 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: 3.11 miles @ 5:57 pace; core work (50%). Weather: 68 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Yes! Tough run, but it’s done. Before the run, I could feel my nerves, and I told myself, “Remember how this feels, because you’re going to laugh at it when you’re done.” I was unbelievably negative. Plus, I ate pizza and chicken wings last night. Really going to have to correct this sort of thing next month.

Warmed up by walking for about five minutes and took off. Pretty much followed the script. Got off to the start I wanted and took down the first mile pretty easily. Focused on turnover through the second mile as planned – just making sure I didn’t get sloppy. For a second, I thought it was going to be another easy run. Breathed evenly and moved comfortably. The monkey jumped on my back late in the second mile though.  Finally, with about 0.5 miles to go, I abandoned form and just ran. I thought about the blog and how I really wanted to post a success story today. Hit the 5K mark and checked my Garmin. Booyah. Great feeling. Even better, the next time I don’t feel confident, I’ll at least have this to remember.

So pumped afterwards, even did a fast core work session. Time to take it easy and load up for the next block of training starting tomorrow.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Workout: 3.11 miles @ 6:17 pace; core work. Weather: 55 degrees, sunny.

Recap: Bam! There it is. 19:20 – 5K (6:13 pace). Usual routine going into the thing and tried to treat it like an everyday run. But it wasn’t. Sure enough the first mile was way, way, way easy. I was starting to wish I’d brought the headphones along. Then out of nowhere it got real. Was able to keep the short strides until about mile 3 when I had to breathe deeply, drop the arms and hustle to the finish – 12 seconds under the goal time of 19:32.

Honestly, happy to finish the time trial, but a little disappointed that I had to hustle like that at the end to make it. Suppose it goes to show that consistent slower running doesn’t make faster running very easy – only possible. Will have to train harder in June to reach the next checkpoint.

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Workout: 2 miles @ 6:50 pace; core work. Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.

Recap: Pretty morning, but the humidity is making it a little nasty out there. Doesn’t help that I live next to a pond. It’s like running underwater. Run felt smooth enough through the first 1/2 mile or so. Had to pour on the effort after that. I have to say – if Saturday’s time trial were today, I don’t think I would have made it. We’ll see what goes tomorrow. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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