Day 6, 7, 8…

…of 21.

Day 6 brought a non-running day and super busy day at work.  Instead of being able to a normal YMCA workout of some kind, time forced me to take a different route.  Being that I work in a 50+ story building, I have no shortage of stairs to climb and I took advantage of that by putting in 20 minutes going up.  Good workout and a nice change of pace.

Day 7 was another non-traditional workout.  I was planning on running at the fire station after our evening training, but a evening fire in Oakdale changed those plans and I spent most of the evening moving hose and working on a ladder company.  This proved to be a solid workout for the night… Here’s some video:

Oakdale Town Home Fire Video

Day 8 allowed me to make it back to the gym and treadmill.  In an effort to find some more speed in my running I changed up my standard treadmill run for something a little different.  Here is what I did – rather than a run focused on distance I instead focused on time and effort. I started at 6 mph on the treadmill (10:00 min miles) and each minute for 10 minutes went up .1 mph finishing at 6.9 mph – after the 10:00 minutes, I reset back down to 6.0 and started working back up again.  Doing this allowed me to average a 9:19 pace for the 30:00 minutes and finish 3.22 miles – this is a big improvement over past efforts.  This was hard but doable.



Day 5…

…of 21.

I had planned on getting up early and running first thing this morning.  That didn’t happen so it forced me to get a bit creative with fitting in my workout for the day.  David (my 8 year old son) had hockey in Hudson from 5:30 to 7:45 pm so I helped him get ready to skate, watched him for a bit, and then headed over to the Hudson YMCA for a short run on the treadmill. I watched an episode of the Walking Dead while I ran and I felt pretty good.  Pace is getting better. LINK TO WORKOUT

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See you on the road!

Day 4…

…of 21.

Ran in the rain today.  This actually proved to be a nice change from the sleet, snow, and cold that has been the normal so far this spring.  It was about 50 degrees and, while I still wore my coat and long sleeved shirt, I was quite comfortable even with the steady rain.

I also ran an entirely new route today.  I’m sure at some point I’ve run something similar to this route, I don’t think I’ve every run this EXACT route, so that made it kind of fun and interesting.  You can see it the route I took in the screen shot I included from below.  LINK TO WORKOUT

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Another thing I did differently today was that rather than listening to music like I normally do, I instead listened to a fitness focused podcast.  The podcast I listened to today was from Rich Roll, endurance athlete and author of Finding Ultra, and included an interview with Brian Mackenzie of CrossFit Endurance fame.  While I haven’t finished the whole thing yet, it proved to be a good listen while I ran – both interesting and informative covering two topics that I enjoy – CrossFit and running.  I highly recommend the Rich Roll podcast and if you are inclined to listen, you can find it here.

I clearly need to adjust my training plan a bit moving forward.  I am not as far along with my fitness as my training plan thinks I am – I’m getting better, but I have a ways to go.

See you on the road!


Day 3…

…of 21.

Hit the treadmill today at the downtown YMCA.  Pace was better and I pushed myself pretty hard, but I think my training plan is ahead of my actual training – I need to get my fitness caught up with my plan.


4-5-2013 Summary

Day 1…

…Of 21.

Running today – 4 miles. Felt pretty good but I got some stomach cramps around mile 3.5 – not fun. I remember having some stomach upset when I was running before, I think somehow I was hoping that was gone, guess not. I ran on the treadmill at the Minneapolis YMCA.

Here is a link to my run entry on – I’m tracking all of my running and exercise there.