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Running Journal 5/30/2010 (4.66 miles)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

~I will train to race...not race to train~

Today's stats:

Early morning
Sunny 76 degrees
wind calm
67% humidity
64 degrees dewpoint

Time 60 minutes (3/:45 intervals)
12:52 av pace
5.9 av MPH
409 cals burned
150 av bpm HR
180 max bpm HR (1st mile & learning how to slow down)

1) 12:31 (163 bpm) see note above
2) 12:37 (149 bpm) much better
3) 12:51 (144 bpm)
4) 13:13 (146 bpm)

I purposely slowed way down after several lessons learned this week. I was overtraining and my body was starting to bonk on me. I was exhibiting a few symptoms of OT and Coach Nancy so unselfishly led me by the hand and gently taught me the right way to approach running. I love you, Coach Nancy and THANK YOU.

First of all I took a few days off to rest my bonking body and after a BETTER night's sleep I woke up wanting to run. I set out early this morning before the temps start to rise close to 90. I started out slower than I usually do and adjusted my mindset in terms of slowing my cadence and speed in general. I let my body do the talking as opposed to letting the Garmin set the pace.

As you can see in my first split I was still adjusting but after that everything came so easy and you know what? I didn't bonk and poop out and head back to the house for more water! Duh! I enjoyed every minute of this run and I wanted to keep going for more mileage but I stopped an one hour. It felt so good and I was actually smiling at the end of the run. That was not happening for the past several weeks.

That is all the running for May and my total mileage is 76.7 miles and my goal was 75 so GOAL MET and lessons learned! It was a great month! So until June...


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    Good job. It is about enjoying the journey I think I have learned that.
    3966 days ago
    That is emoticon !! You had a super month, a lot of the time I go by feel now too. You are a ROCKSTAR my friend. On to the next month emoticon
    3967 days ago
    I'm SOOOOO proud of you!! What an amazing RUNNER you are!! You get it :) took me awhile too but then I'm a tad stubborn!! Way to let your body dictate and way to listen! You'll be so much better off in the LONG RUN for it, literally AND your performance will continually improve as will your joy in the sport!

    YOU GO!!
    3967 days ago
    Glad you are dialing it in. I think it's fine to let the garmin set the pace, personally. But it has to be the right pace. The funny part of this is that the McMillan running calculator puts your long run pace based on the 33:23 5K at 12:56 to 13:56. Based on your run today, you could have used your garmin to set your pace if you'd used the McMillan pace.

    I was assuming that your recent runs around 11:45 pace were indicating you were ready to rock a new PR. It sounds like you were trying to rock the PR in training instead. I'll ask more questions in the future, running buddy!

    I know Nancy is big on running by feel, but honestly, in heat and when I run long and get tired, my feel is usually off. I start too fast, because I'm not heated up yet, and then I suffer at the end.

    I tend to let HR set the pace at this point. I know that I should hold to zone 1 for the first mile. If it's coming up too fast, I slow down. I try to hold the bottom half of zone 2 for the first half of my run. If I do that, the pace tends to remain pretty consistent for the whole run.

    And doing this, while I may end up whining about how hot it is, and how sweaty a run is, I'm still enjoying them and know I'm not overdoing it.
    3967 days ago

    I just love the way you share your stats! It is inspiring!

    I want you to know I ran (and walked) the Mackinaw Bridge (5 miles) in a little under 60 minutes this past Saturday. I'm gonna write a blog about it and post it today so I don't want to 'let the cat out of the bag' but it's a good story.

    You got over 76 miles for May...awesome! I won't do near that but I'm gonna keep track in June just for giggles...who knows...it may motivate me.

    Congrats on your successful May and let's see what June brings us...
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    3967 days ago
    Laurie thats emoticon and thats what it's all about.I love Nancy too and enjoyed spending time with her and other sparkers at NewOrleans Rock n roll 1/2 marathon

    We need to listen to our body and stop going crazy with the Garmin, its a great tool but we will be further ahead with our God given body tool that said I cant wait to try my HRM - lol


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    3968 days ago
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