11/28/12 Training

Training Run Summary
Distance:  3 miles
Time:  24:46
Pace:  8:15/mile
Mile 1:  8:28
Mile 2:  8:17
Mile 3:  8:01

I was happy to fit in an early morning run today before work.  I was a little stiff from last night’s run, but worked out the kinks within the first mile.  It was good to get my blood pumping so early.  I am hopeful this will lead to more energy during the day and is the start of a consistent routine for me.

No thoughts really on today’s run.  I simply tried to focus on staying relaxed and comfortable.  I was able to jot down a few quick notes last night about a few steps in becoming more proactive, not only in my running but also at work.  Making the most of an early start was the first step.  Hopefully I can continue this routine and see some positive results.

11/27/12 Training

Training Run Summary
Distance:  3 miles
Time:  24:50
Pace:  8:17/mile
Mile 1:  8:35
Mile 2:  8:16
Mile 3:  7:59

This evening’s treadmill run felt better than I expected.  I intentionally kept the pace slower as most of my body was pretty sore after Sunday’s run.  Taking yesterday off seemed to relieve most of the soreness.  Not wanting to end up in the same boat again, I hope to concentrate more on mileage this week instead of pace.

I’m still struggling a little with getting back into a running routine, as evidenced by last week’s sporadic runs.  I hope 3-4 mile runs each day with Mondays and Fridays as rest days will add the consistency I need at this point.  I’m hopeful this will be easy enough for my body to ease back into running while still feeling like I’m actually accomplishing something mentally.

 

11/25/12 Training

Training Run Summary
Distance:  3 miles
Time:  23:52
Pace:  7:57/mile
Mile 1:  8:23
Mile 2:  8:02
Mile 3:  7:27
Weekly Milage:  11.1
2012 Mileage:  1,480.82

This evening’s run was on the treadmill.  As nice as it was to visit family over the holiday, there’s still no place like home.  It was a short, quick run.  Not much to add about the run itself as it was pretty routine.

11/24/12 Training

Today’s morning run was again without my Garmin watch and on a make-shift trail north of Hays. Since it wasn’t on a road I could later drive , I estimate the distance was about 3.1 miles based on my pace and time. The soft dirt path was a welcomed cushion during the run.

I started reading the book Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich last night. I’ve enjoyed it so far and look forward to finishing it soon. The book is centered around discovering a new perspective on ultra marathon running based on biology and psychology.

Here’s my picture from today’s workout:

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11/23/12 Training

Location: Hays, KS
Distance: 5.0 miles
Time: 40:49
Pace: 8:10/mile

It was nice to be back in Hays and running on the roads again. I forgot my running watch, so I had to drive the course after the run to estimate the distance.

Running in my hometown always brings back so many memories. Today’s run reminded me of the many blessings for which I’m so very thankful. It was a nice fit for the holiday. Family, friends, and health were just a few of the blessings.

Today’s route took me from 44th Street to Hall Street to 27th Street past Felten Middle School (or Hays Middle School to be current) back to 44th Street. Much of the route covered our old middle school route which brought back so many memories. I took a little time during the run to take a few quick pictures of the school including the track.

In the theme of being thankful, my wife’s uncle was generous enough to loan me his entire library of running books and magazines. It is an extensive collection that I can’t wait to start digging into. The books have served him well by finishing 42 marathons. I can only hope they serve me half as well! Be sure to be looking for my resulting reviews.

Below are my photos from the run:

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11/18/12 Training

Training Run Summary
Distance:  4.25 miles
Time:  37:19
Pace:  8:47/mile
Mile 1:  9:00
Mile 2:  8:50
Mile 3:  8:43
Mile 4:  8:35
Weekly Mileage:  13.25
2012 Mileage:  1,469.72

Despite yesterday’s inspiring outdoor run, I took the easy way out and opted for the treadmill this morning.  I wanted to get a nice run in before church and not have to worry about the right layers of clothing based on the temperature outside.

The run was at an easy pace, not concerned about pace beyond ensuring negative splits on each subsequent mile.  This is about the distance I would like to run three to four times each week to maintain some sense of cardiovascular shape.

Perhaps before long I will start seriously looking at potential next marathons.  In the back of my mind, the Olathe Marathon in April sticks with me because of the timing and convenience of being located so close.  Plus, I also like the training schedules of spring and fall marathons.

11/17/12 Training

Training Run Summary
Distance:  3.25 miles
Time:  26:27
Pace:  8:08/mile
Mile 1:  8:28
Mile 2:  8:09
Mile 3:  7:52

It felt great to get back on the roads again this morning.  The temperature was about 40 and it was a great, crisp morning for a reinvigorating run.  I must admit that I feel a little lost at this point without a plan, but feel that this might lead to running for the enjoyment instead of always being tied to a training plan and scheduled workouts.

The run itself was a simple loop around the neighborhood.  It was a pretty nondescript run with the exception of spotting a few beautiful blue jays.