Sunday, May 31, 2009

Speedwork on the track

I did my first ever speed workout on a track on Friday. In the past, I have had to do all my speed workouts on the treadmill because it's the only way I could keep my pace where it needed to be. Thanks to my Forerunner, I am able to take my speed workouts outdoors. I discovered that it is much harder to do this kind of workout on the pavement than on a treadmill. I'm also discovered that it's difficult to keep a certain pace. I find myself varying my pace widely, so I have to constantly look down at my watch to make sure I'm in my target pace. I did a 1 mile warmup, then I did 2 repeats of 1 mile @ 9:15 with 1/2 mile recoveries, followed by a 1 mile cooldown jog. I ran the whole time, and felt like I had enough energy at the end to keep going at a slow pace. Don't know if I could've done another mile at the faster pace. It was just nice to get outside. I do haven one complaint. There were several people on the track walking or jogging. There were some kids kind of making fun of me for running so much. I was thinking to myself what a bunch of dummies. I'm out there running my ass off. Come see if you can keep up with me kiddies! I bet you $500 you couldn't run 2 miles with me, much less 5! Go home and play video games.

I didn't succeed in getting any extra workouts in last week. I really tried to get to a Zumba class, but was confused about the schedule and showed up at the wrong time. So, this week I am definitely going to Zumba on Tuesday and Wednesday. That is my goal for the week, if I survive my 7 mile long run on Sunday! I have to work Sunday, so it may get pushed to Monday. I did succeed in sticking to my diet this week. Getting through a whole week on the diet is a big feat for me, but I did it! Goal #2 for the week - continue to stick to the diet.

Next run: Sunday (or Monday) - 7 mile long run....ouch

Last weeks total miles: 13


  1. Stupid kids. Ugh. I bet you'd smoke them!

    Have you always been that fast? If not, how did you improve your speed?

    Congrats on the healthy eating! If you follow my personal blog (feel free to!) you know that my eating was off last week, but I've finally got my act together!

    Just in case you need the link:

  2. Thank you so much for the input!!! I REALLY appreciate it!!