These past few weeks, I have been making it a point to get back to running since I have 10K aspirations. (I haven’t yet been able to find a 10K in the area to use as my goal but I’m not going to let that hold me back.)
I got new running shoes. Hello, Brooks!
Yes, her name is Lavern. Don’t judge me.
I’ve been doing most of my running on the treadmill but I know I need to start taking it outside. I need to break out of my comfort zone. Oh and a Garmin would be nice. Could someone tell the husband?
I haven’t officially started my 10K training yet because we’ve been so busy. I plan on starting it in earnest this coming week as we’re finally done with the majority of our summer travels, so laying out the training plan on a week-by-week basis should be easy-peasy, lemon-squeezey.
I will be loosely following Hal Higdon’s 10K Novice Training Plan. I am going to be using Google Calendar to track my training plan. (And I am going to be attempting to make notes after each workout, so I can really track how things are going and how I am feeling.). I’m only going to enter my scheduled workouts a week at a time, so as to not overwhelm myself with the big picture. Tackling a week at a time seems much more manageable and less overwhelming than considering the entire 8 week plan. I also have a feeling I might need more than 8 weeks and that’s okay.
Check it out – here’s my first week already entered in the calendar!
Since I haven’t been following a training plan the last few weeks, I decided to try and work on my speed after reading Angela’s blog on negative splits. I haven’t been running true negative splits as, so far, overall, the second half of my exercise has not been shorter than the first half. What I have been doing is trying to make the last 1/4 mile of each mile the fastest 1/4 mile. For example, I typically run at a 12 min./mile pace, so I run 3/4 of a mile at that pace and then kick it up for the last 1/4 mile to a 10 min./mile pace. I really try to end each mile strong and fast. This has been really fun and challenging! I’m still learning how and when to push myself and that my body is capable of more than I had ever imagined. I love pushing myself!
When I first started running, my goal was to finish a mile in 12 min. When I finally achieved that goal I was elated! Then I wanted to run 2 miles at a 12 min./mile pace. After a while I was able to do that and I was pumped! Tackling 3 miles at that pace was extremely difficult for me. I could not seem to finish a 3 mile run in 36 min. And then I did my 5K in May and I finished in 33:53! I was so excited! That was almost an 11 min./mile pace!
This made me wondering if I could run a 10 min. mile. I decided to see what I could do this morning. I hopped on the treadmill, walked for 5 min. and then did some light stretching to warm-up and then I was off. I tackled the first 1/4 mile at a 6 mph (a 10 min./mile pace) but I started getting winded and I had to back off a little if I was going to even run the entire mile. The next 1/2 mile I ran at just under an 5.6 mph. I started the last 1/4 mile at 6 mph but knew I would have to go faster if I was going to finish close to 10 min. I pushed it up to 6.5 and then 7 and finished at 7.2 mph! I didn’t finish in 10 min. but I was very close!
I finished the mile in 10:09. That is the fastest I have ever run a mile! I was proud of myself and really just can’t wait to see what I can do next!