Today featured another short and sweet training run. Since I was running at 3 am (again), I decided to take Gabriel with me. He’s showing a lot of improvement. He is focusing on the run better and doesn’t try to stray off to sniff every scent he catches in the air. We ran through three different intervals (15:50, 15:45, 30:30) and did about 2 miles. Gabriel did great trotting alongside me. These easier intervals are great for him. Hopefully I’ll be able to build him up to a point where we can run for a few minutes at a time. For now, I only take him with me when I know I am doing very short intervals. Gabriel is still young and I am wary of pushing him too hard – don’t want to injure his little feet and legs.
That being said, I am going to have to play around with interval:recovery sets to figure out what will push me without overdoing it. Anything under 30:30 is simply too easy and I don’t feel any improvement in my speed, distance or endurance. For Thursdays, I think I am going to up the ratios to 30:30, 1:1, and 2:1 (minutes). I’ve noticed the same issue on Tuesday. 30:30 is too easy and I find myself pushing the pace too much just to make it more interesting. I plan on bumping Tuesday back to a 2:1 pace throughout a 30-40 minute work out.
Tuesday work out: Warm up (5 minutes), 2:1 (30 minutes, 10 reps), Cool down (5 minutes).
Thursday work out: Warm up (5 minutes), 30:30 (5 minutes, 5 reps), 1:1 (10 minutes, 5 reps), 2:1 (15 minutes, 5 reps), Cool-down (5 minutes).
I’ll test this out next week to see if I am challenged sufficiently without risking injury. When I run with Gabriel, I’ll tone it back to a 30:30 interval until I feel like he can handle faster. For now, I think he does well with that level of running. It certainly tires him out enough for a nap!
I ate about an hour before my run today, but that didn’t stop my tummy from being all rumbly after. I rewarded myself with a slice of delicious pineapple upside down cake and a glass of blackberry wine. What good is discipline if I can’t indulge myself a little?
Today was a gorgeous day to run. The temperature was rather low (in the 60s) and the sun was up. The sky was a deep beautiful blue and completely clear of clouds. I have been wanting a GPS-enabled running watch that allows me to better track my running. My iPhone does a decent job tracking distance, pace, time, etc but it has limitations (especially since the GPS is working off of cellular network). My awesome hubbie has a Garmin Forerunner he doesn’t use – so he gave it to me until I decide to purchase my own.
Today’s run was the first time I used it and I loved it! Part of my distance run training features intervals. Right now I’m working off of a varied 1:1 and 2:1 (minutes running to minutes walking) ratio to help build endurance and aerobic capacity. When I finish up C25K and start the Disney Half Marathon program, I’ll drop down to a 30 sec:30 sec ratio and move up from there. Having the watch made it much easier to run using intervals. I didn’t feel like I was pulling my shoulder out of its socket to look at my times!
I ran around the gorgeous lake and enjoyed soaking in the sun. Running during the day is unusal for me. It threw me off a little bit but felt great regardless.
The more I run, the better I feel about my body. I feel less self-conscious about my flaws. I work hard at maintaining my fitness level. I may not have the best running pace – but at least I’m out there. I might not be the skinniest girl in the world – but I still feel fit and in shape. I used to beat myself up about how my body looked. I would be the first to list a (very long) list of things wrong with me. It doesn’t do a lot for your self esteem when you spend so much time beating yourself up. Now that I’m running regularly, I feel better about myself and don’t pick on myself as much. I don’t work out anymore because I’m afraid of getting fat. I work out because I love my body enough to take care of it. I want to be healthy and running gives me one epic sense of accomplishment. For those of you who struggle with body image issues, check out this post with some pretty uplifting messages to boost your self-esteem!
Featured photo also pulled from Sparkpeople’s great post!