To help offset my birthday dinner out and my
large amounts of cake consumption, I have been running even if I haven’t blogged about it. First my two cents about eating: I will eat what I want. This means that even though I’m trying to loose a few more pounds I will still eat whatever I want because I believe it is more about portion control than what you eat. (I say this knowing we rarely go out to dinner, we rarely buy prepackaged dinners, and I love to cook and bake using fresh ingredients when possible.)
My schedule completely got turned around because ADP and I are busy every night this week. ADP is late a couple days, I’ve got things going a couple days, and Bugs even had an evening commitment. So, instead of following the training plan I moved everything around and ended up running hills on Sunday, relaxed run on Monday, 6 miles on Tuesday and I took this morning off.
The plan said 5-6 hills at 5K pace which upon further investigation means “when you read "4-5 hills," that means you should do 4-5 repeats at 5K pace on a hill about 150 or 200 yards long.” I took this to mean run up a hill about .1 mile long at a quick pace. I have NO idea what my 5K pace is, so I ran the first one and it was about an 8 min mile so I went with it. Now, this hill is the one that is part of my running route so I usually run it at least once a week – going one direction. I never run up it 6 times in a row going back and forth like a yo-yo. Hill 1 (and thus 3 and 5) is about a 5% grade while hill 2 (and thus 4 and 6) is about a 12% grade. I liked running up the littler hill better! I did well on all the hills except the last and then I only got down to 8:15 min mile. I’ll take it to mean I guessed on the pace right because the last hill was hard.
This picture is at the top of the 5% side...so you can only see a little of the 12% grade (and there is no snow these days, but I didn't want to carry a camera the other day)
Monday I took it easy with my 4 miler. My legs were not tired from my hills the day before, but they weren’t fresh either. Tuesday I had 6 miles planned. I decided to do something different with my run. Outside I have no trouble holding a 9 min mile for a couple miles; inside I can barely break the 10 minute barrier. So, I figured out what pace I needed to shoot for and I did odd miles at a 9:52 min pace and even miles at 9:01 min pace. My legs were tired for the last mile but I did my best to finish strong – thanks to the treadmill.
March total: 116.12 miles
2010 year to date: 281.73 miles