Tuesday, April 24, 2012

4/23/12 Tempo Run

6.4 Miles total run

1-mile warmup, 1.4 mile cool down
Tempo Miles - 6:26, 6:25, 6:22, 6:21

Well, being an afternoon workout, I really didn't know how I'd feel running hard for a "long" time.  Four miles at a hard effort was further than I'd gone for a while.  Did a progressive run last week with Dan, and while that was hard, only the last two miles were below 6:30.  First mile seemed the hardest, as I tried to get my legs under me.  Mile 2 was pretty good.  Mile 3 was good till the last maybe quarter mile of it.  For mile 4, I figured I'd come that far, and the work had finally really begun, I thought "one hard fought mile is going to be plenty good."

Nothing too major to report.  It was not easy, and looking back on it, the fact that it wasn't easy might mean I should have tried that final 5th mile, but I have a pretty good feeling the 5th mile would have not been a complete one...nor would it have been at a reasonable pace. 

All in all, I felt good about it, and it was just like I'd run so many other workouts in my past...100% alone on the road.  If there's been one hallmark to my past training, it's that 95% of it has been out on the roads alone.  And in general, I'm fine with that.  Doing a workout alone, pushing when no one else is around, running when it hurts when no one is around...all those things only make you tougher, and Lord knows I'm going to need all the toughness and fitness I can muster into my small frame come October.

Monday, April 23, 2012

4/21 and 4/22 Running - Progress

10 Miles - 1:11 Saturday

Good run...suffered a little towards the end, but still feel good about it overall.  Definitely NOT a negative split run, but that's ok.  Just happy to get the mileage and the time on the roads.

6.3 Miles - 47:00 Sunday

Felt good...definitely feeling the itch for more.  Although, body is still not there, but I'm loving the progress.

Sorry, still not updating each day, or each run, but I'm just happy to get the time out on the roads.

AND, i've decided on my first race back.  Will be low-key, and will not be to set any blazing records.  It will be solely for the purpose getting a guaranteed spot @ Houston in January. 

That's all for now.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

4/18/12 Easy Mid Week Run

Got out for just over 45 minutes, and just a little over 6.5 miles. Great run. Felt good from start to finish. Was definitely one of those fist pump type of runs. Nothing hard, nothing special. Just a good feeling run. Hoping that translates over to the weekend for another good Saturday run and maybe a Monday workout again.

One-day-at-a-time though...we shall see!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

9-Mile Progressive Run

I haven't posted in a while, but last night's workout with my buddy Dan was definitely blog worthy.

We met up at Kenyan Way base and took off towards the park. A mile in, we started our progressive run. Started @ 7:30, and I ended up at the last two miles between 6:15-6:20. He dropped down to 5:50, but Lord knows, I don't have that in me yet.

Then we ran the 3 miles back to base and called it a day. It was about 10-11 miles for him as he ran to base then back home, while I got in my car, and drove home. All I can say is that it felt good to do a workout like that, and having someone to push/pull me along to a harder effort was great.

It's funny how at 9 miles, I felt better after this workout than I did going 11 miles on Saturday. That's ok though.

I need that more. Progress folks... slow and steady, but progress nonetheless.