Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday Workout Update

Speedwork:  I fully admit that I rarely do it - I tried, back in my early days of running, to join my club peeps at the track and run the set, but I just hated it.  No lie, it was not fun from start to finish.  And so I quit.  Because, really - have you seen my before pictures?  I was well-versed in not doing uncomfortable things, like exercise of any kind, or denying myself food.  But as I'm (still) chasing that under 40 minute 5K, I knew I needed to get my body used to pushing it a little more during a run.

For two weeks, Julia and I ran 2:1 intervals, fast, for two miles.  Then last week, Jeff and I changed it up (Julia was sick, otherwise I would have dragged her along with us).  We run a square route in the neighborhood behind ours, so we decided to run, really fast, one side of the square (it's about .14 mile according to Map My Run), then walk the next side (a bit shorter at .10 mile), then  run the next side really fast, then walk the last side.  Originally we went into this intending to do eight repeats, but I was dying after four, so we stopped.  Our pace was in the mid nine minute range for the speedy parts - that's fast for me!  We plan on adding an extra lap each week until we reach eight.

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#OSTB (the hashtag is ironic):  Julia and I have a new plan for our next 5K race (the Girls Just Want to Have Fun 5K on March 28), so in preparation, we've launched #OSTB.  I can't tell you what the acronym stands for, but we're keeping it front and center to stay focused.  I can say that it involves an additional day of running, plus Planet Fitness.  We are determined to have a good race next time, and are putting in even more work to make it happen. 

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Beastmode:  Cary's sister Cristy was in full beastmode last weekend.  She ran back-to-back half marathons!  She did the Missions Half Marathon in San Antonio on Saturday and ran a personal best time:
Making it look easy!

And then she did the Armadillo Dash Half Marathon here on Sunday:
 She was STILL looking good the next day!

The original plan was for Cary to run with her, but unfortunately a bum knee has kept Cary from running.  So Cristy powered through both races - I'm so impressed by her grit!

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Winner, winner:  I was able to get Jeff's second place age group trophy and made him pose for his victory picture - I'm just sorry he didn't get to stand on the podium on Sunday:
There's that 2nd place age group winner!
 He's pretty pleased with his trophy...

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a painless way to do speed work. I hate it too.

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  2. How cool is that trophy!

    Good for you adding speedwork even though you don't like it but it's the best way to improve your time. I like it that you and Julia gave your goal a name too :)

    Good luck for training for the next race.

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  3. Lost of congrats in this post. Congrats to Jeff But congrats to you for facing your demon (speedwork) and yes..I'm impressed by your speedy sections! Rock on!!!

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  4. I'm telling you, you and Julia keep that up and you will see improvement, you will!

    I love the photo of Jeff kissing his trophy - well deserved!

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  5. I think your on the right path to get faster in your running. Good job!

    Congrats to Jeff love the pics of him and his trophy.

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  6. I think your square speed work plan sounds fun. It'll be interesting to see what results at your next race.

    LOVE the pic of Jeff kissing his trophy. Congratulations, Jeff!

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  7. Congrats to Jeff!

    I like the process of building towards a goal. Block by block, or in my case, minute by minute. Ticking off the incremental changes serves as its own inspiration.

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  8. Good for you for adding speedwork. I hate it as well, but feel like such a runner when I complete a session. And congrats to Jeff on his trophy! That's cool the race hung on to it for you, I know some of them are real sticklers for "must be present to collect".

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  9. This is so awesome. As a runner myself, I love hearing running stories and relating to them. :)

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  10. Congrats to Jeff! My step-son always waited until the bitter end hoping he'd place in his age group, but he never did - he just really wanted the trophy!

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  11. Woo Hoo....on the speed work, and on Jeff's wonderful accomplishment!!

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  12. Must be such a good feeling to place in your age group! My husband won a 5K one time and I was so proud of him. I hope I can get back into running mode after this baby comes!

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