Thursday, March 3, 2011

3.5 Weeks to the Race

Random route through town
2.93 miles / 45 min

I’m not sure why, but I have an aversion to running during daylight. I can’t explain it, it doesn’t make sense, but it’s there. Today proved it. It was absolutely beautiful today – in the mid 60s, sunny, little wind. Tons of people took advantage of it. Not me, though. I sat at home, read a magazine, ate dinner, watched tv. Then at 9pm, I got up, changed, and headed out the door. It was cooler, windier… but empty streets. Not sure what that’s all about.

The run was ok overall. Started out a little stiff, but I tried to stay slow. I did concentrate on the form focuses from the seminar, and that seemed to help some. In the middle, I felt great – I was able to run nearly all of one of the roads on my route that I normally only run half of it or so. But I think maybe that overdid it and suffered for it at the end. My ankles had this weird feeling in them – not pain, really, but a feeling like I needed to ‘pop’ them or something. And shins felt ok, so that was good. Surprisingly, my heart rate was fine throughout the whole run. My legs were the weak point today.

I’ve decided I need to get a different GPS. I’ve been using my phone, but there’s not way to set intervals on it, etc. so it combines everything together. So when I start with an 8-minute walk, to warm up, it averages that pace into the whole run pace. At the end of this workout, it says I had a 17:23 min/mile average pace. Yeah, not. I figure I walked for a good portion, and I know I stopped a time or two to stretch my ankles a little, but there’s no way that’s my overall running average pace. So I need to find a different way of tracking that…

I am still feeling frustrated that I can’t run farther without having to walk. I don’t care about the speed aspect of things, but I really want to be able to run for a long time without having to stop. And I know this would all be a bit easier if I had a training partner, but I wouldn’t even know who to ask. So for now, I trudge on solo.

1 comment:

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

I like running early in the mornings myself. Later in the day there's just too much going on. Hang in there, running further shall come if you stick with it.