Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
I can see how starting slow and speeding up is a good strategy for other people, especially to help warm-up the legs, but here is why I think it is not useful to me. My legs are not my limiting factor when I run. My lungs are. And once I establish a pace, it is really hard for my lungs to adjust to a faster pace. When my lungs struggle, my legs don't get enough oxygen, and then my legs struggle. If I establish a quicker pace in the beginning, that is the pace that my lungs settle to, and so I'm able to hold it for awhile. This doesn't mean I want to start off a half-marathon at 6:00 pace, but it does mean that I don't need to be trying to hold myself to 7:30 in my first mile.
My current training goal is to increase my average pace on weekly runs less than 8 or 9 miles. Less 8:00-8:30, more 7:00-7:45. My lungs don't get stronger on slow runs, they get stronger when I make them work. I ran a strong race at the Bluegrass 1/2, but my goal half marathon time is several minutes faster. I want to get my lungs and legs used to running faster consistently. I know that I have to be careful not to over-tire my legs in this process, but I am trusting myself to listen to my body.
This week I ended up with 2 hilly tempo runs, a long hill run, and then another run that was supposed to be 5 and ended up being 7... I felt really good on the first 3 runs. I was getting tired towards the end of today's run, but it made sense after how hard I ran all week!
Sunday, October 1, 2017
I didn't get home from Roanoke until almost 3:00 today but a friend asked if I wanted to bike and that seemed like a good thing to do after sitting in the car, especially since I've been trying not to run too much, but still need exercise. It ended up being really windy for our ride which made it harder than I'd like, but I'm glad I got out and did it. It was a gorgeous day, and I do need to be getting on that bike once in awhile!
Sunday, September 24, 2017
After a very busy week of extra long days, this hike was exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries. I hiked just under 6 miles with 869 feet of climbing so it made my legs more sore instead of less sore, but it was totally worth it!
Sunday, September 17, 2017
I was excited all week about how low my HR was staying even when I was running faster than usual, and I hit a new V02 max of 56 on Tuesday. Then today when I was running I spent a bit more time in Z4 and realized that most likely the main reason my HR has been lower all week has been because of the lower temperature. It was considerably warmer today, so my heart had to work harder. Duh. I'm still glad to see improvements in my fitness even if they are related to cooler temps! It says potential good things about how my fall training will go once I don't have to battle the heat. Gotta have something to look forward to with the cooler weather instead of just dreading being cold all the time.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
This week's setback was a knot in my right calf. I felt fine until the last mile of my group run on Tuesday, and then I started getting twinges of a muscle cramp. I immediately stopped trying to keep up with the guys and took it easy as I finished the run, but I guess it was already too late. I'm not sure what caused the cramps. Could have been dehydration, could have been related to the sore muscles from Wednesday's hike, could have been tweaked in Monday's TRX. All I do know, is those muscle cramps turned into a knot in my calf that is still there today, although thankfully it seems to be almost worked out. Today was the first run where it didn't feel like it was having a negative effect on the run, although I could still feel it lurking.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
And an adventure it was! Thankfully I had learned that there were many creek crossings on this trail, so I was prepared with chacos and running shorts. There were too many crossings to count! And, with all the rain we've had lately, the creek was up and moving. The water was moving fast enough that not only was it sometimes hard to maintain balance while placing each foot, but it was also hard to see where to step, because the movement of the water blurred everything underneath. Several of the crossings were up to my knees, and at least one was over my knees!
It wasn't too hard to find the trail head, thanks to the directions I found at AllTrails.com. I was coming from the north, rather than from the south, so I took 58E to 91S to Gentry Creek Rd. It would have been helpful to know how far down the road the trail head was. I tracked it coming back, the trailhead is 3.1 miles from 91. The last 1.3 miles is on a 1 lane dirt/gravel road that winds its way through the forest until it dead ends in a clearing. It looks like there are a few different trails going out of the clearing, the blue blaze trail is the one you want for the falls. There was at least one point along the trail where I came to an intersection of trails and couldn't see any blue blazes. I went with my instinct which said to always choose the trail that follows the creek. My instinct was correct.
The trail was gorgeous as it wound it's way along and back and forth over the creek. Sunbeams came down through the trees to illuminate pockets of the forest floor. 2.5 miles down the trail I found the twin falls cascading over a cliff. As I was photographing them, I had to constantly wipe the spray off my lens. I had heard that you could climb up above the falls for another angle to photograph, and also that if you continued on up above the falls you would come to a gorgeous 360 view of the surrounding area. I started to attempt the climb, but the trail was steep and covered in a wet mulch-y mud. I think I could have scrambled up it, but it was so steep I was worried I wouldn't be able to get back down safely. I didn't want to risk myself or the expensive camera equipment I was carrying on my back, so I decided to save that adventure for a drier day.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
So for the next 2 ish weeks, the goal is just to get back the joy in running. I have minor distance goals for each run, but no pace goals. I'm not going to purposely run fast, but I'm not going to purposely run slow either. I've found my legs are angrier after being forced to run slower. I also think part of my problem is all this time on the couch since I got home from my roadtrip. Not working is weird. I went into school 4 days this week more to get off the couch than because I really had to. It was nice to get a head start on setting up my classroom and thinking about lesson plans, but it wasn't necessary. I think getting back to work and being on a normal daily schedule will probably help my running too.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
I'm not going to do a full post because I don't have reliable internet and am using my phone. I ran 4 times this week, 3-6 miles each. It wasn't much fun because it is so ridiculously flat here, but other than that my legs felt pretty good. I also did an 18 mile bike ride, the flatness didn't bother me so much for that and I loved the bike lanes and bike paths!
I'm on the last week of my extended road trip, going to enjoy some time with a very good friend before heading home!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
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