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.
LINK TO RUN DETAILS
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
See you on the road!
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 Endomondo.com below. LINK TO WORKOUT
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!
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.
LINK TO RUN
Ran 4.54 miles in Woodbury today. Nice run but slow. Overall feeling better, but my speed is not really picking up. I’m hoping that the interval stuff I have planned starting next week helps with my pace on the longer runs. LINK TO RUN
Also, after yesterday’s run I found this post on Runners World Facebook page very interesting. How Can I Avoid Midrun Bathroom Breaks?
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 Endomondo.com – I’m tracking all of my running and exercise there.
New goal: 21 days in a row with some form of fitness/workout/exercise activity of at least 20 minutes.