Well not exactly redemption, but it certainly felt better to have gotten the run done on the first take. I am referring to my Domino fiasco.
Today did not feel like a good day to run. It was dreary, grey and rainy most of the day. I felt very low energy when I got off work, however this mindset is easily crushed once the blood begins to flow.
Now as some of you may have read my last run was somewhat of a disaster. The biggest thing accomplished was likely the measurement of the track. I say this because, today I could just focus on the run and not be distracted by technology. ie like my pants. It was easier to just run because I knew where I needed to finish.
Lately, when I have ran, I have employed the Fartlek running technique. By the way I love this word it makes me laugh inside every time I read or type it! It does not evoke thoughts of running to me. Maybe it does to others but I have not investigated it origins. I think its is even fun to say to new people. Yes, a funny word!
Ya, I am running Fartlek tonight! (Ha!)
Actually, I believe its Swedish for speed play. Its similar to interval training but rather than structured intervals you use what works for you and its really helped me. Its like a game. As you run you pick a point and sprint to it. Then, you jog till you catch your breath and do it again. If you feel good, you can pick another point and keep going. I use, light stands, trees and benches as points to run too. I think its a great way to increase pace and keep your workouts intense and at the same time keep your workout fun.
So last week I ran a 16:03 for the 2.4kms and this week....15:15! Pace 6:21 per km which is a PB!
Its always hard to go do something that's not easy regardless of energy levels but I can assure you the feeling when your done is worth every last bit of discomfort!
Here I am after warming down with a celebratory grin!!
Why do I do this...
Why? To be better...
1. I promised (only a few people will know what this means, and if you don't, you will).
2. I am better than this.
Santa Race November 25, 2012
5k 30:51 min/sec 6:11 pace per km
Boxing Day 10 Miler December 26, 2012
16.09 k 1:42:22 hr/min/sec 6:23 pace per km
Road 2 Hope Half Marathon November 4, 2012
21.1k 2:16:41 hr/min/sec 6:27 pace per km
Road 2 Hope Marathon November 5, 2011
5k 34:18 min/sec 6:52 pace per km
Around the Bay March 25, 2012
5k 32:07 min/sec 6:26 pace per km
Burlington Runners Good Friday 5k April 6, 2012
5k 31:22 min/sec 6:22 pace per km
(Garmin Race Time 5k 31:12 min/sec 6:14 pace per km)
Imperial Glass 4/8K Grey Cup Run November 26th, 2011
4K 26:55 min/sec 6:44 pace per km
Non Race Personal Bests
2.4km 13:19 min/sec 5:31 pace per km
July 17, 2012
5k 28:13 min/sec 5:40 pace per km
Nov 15, 2012
10k 1:02:25 hour/min/sec 6:15 pace Aug/29/2012
Challenge Start: July 18, 2011
Start Weight: 286 lbs
Current Weight: 208 lbs as at November 11, 2012
Total lost: 78 lbs
Goal Weight: 197
Last Cigarette: June, 2011