Day 28: Making up for lost time

March 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Day: 26
Miles: 3
Time: 37:40 minutes

Day: 28
Miles: 6
Time: 1 hour, 13 minutes, 18 seconds*

The day after my show, I knew I needed to get back on the good foot with my running. It had been two days. Any longer and I would feel like I was back at square one.

I got up Saturday morning afternoon and went to Rhode Runner, first.  I told you about my toes? I stopped at the specialty store to get some special running socks, meant to cut down on rubbing and irritation. I popped in, got two pair and headed in to the gym.

I won’t bore you with a blow by blow mostly because I don’t remember everything that happened but I did take notes on what I did! Here was my workout on Saturday:

1 mile – 12:53 minutes
Pull Up Machine (unknown number of reps)
1 mile – 12:20 minutes (right here, I got geeked because I was shaving time off!)
Walk – .10 mile
Stretch – calves, Achilles, quads
1 mile – 12:27 minutes (with a short walk break in the middle)

It may not seem like a lot, but I was proud of it. I think keeping track of my individual mile totals has made me realize that I need to at least run 12 minute miles consistently. I’d like to get down to 10 minute miles, but I feel that a 12 minute mile is my bare minimum — it should take me longer than that at all.

I missed my 6 mile group run on Sunday. I was sleepy. And 8 a.m. is early. So I told myself I’d just run later. But then I went to the movies. So that didn’t happen.

Here was my solution: In the March schedule, this week, we have two days off, Tuesday and Friday. Since I didn’t run Sunday, I just decided I’d run the rest of the week and only take Friday off.

So Monday was my long run.

As you can see, I completed it. And actually, it wasn’t all that bad. I was sweating. Which, I know it will sound stupid, but that’s the one part of running I’m just not used to yet. I don’t like to sweat and most of my other workouts, I only begin to glisten. I never had sweat dripping down my face until I started to run. It’s a good thing. I know it means I’m working. It just is still kinda weird. And funky. But whatever.

The goal in yesterday’s run was to run the miles on a 1.0 incline without stopping, though I allowed myself to stop at the mile markers. And I did it. I’m going to keep doing the incline to help me with the transition to outdoor running.

Oh, about the asterisk. I think I was somewhere in mile 4 and I had to stop and use the bathroom. So I come back to the machine and start running and I forgot to press start on my stopwatch. By the time I realized it, I was almost done, but I pressed it anyway. So I’m not exactly sure how long it took me, but I’m claiming that time.

Alright, off to the gym to knock out *looks at the schedule* my 3 miles. Not to sound cocky, but it feels REALLY good to look at the schedule and say, ‘oh, I only have to do 3 miles today’ and actually be happy about it. A month ago, 3 miles was torture. Now, it’s a light day. Still a sweaty light day, but a light day nonetheless. Very good feeling, indeed.

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