April, 2009

1/2 Marathon Training – Week 3 day 4

Today marks the 4th day of the week or the 3rd run – 3.5 miles. this week has gone well so far. 3.5 miles on tuesday, 2 on wed and 3.5 again today. this run today was a little easier then Tuesday’s and I think I just might be able to do the 5 miles on Sunday. 3 miles is starting to feel like 2 miles now and so it will be interesting to see how Sunday goes. Right now one of the hardest things to do is find a route to take. I’ve been using to map out routes in my neighborhood and it’s amazing how small the neighborhood is. I tihnk to myself, picking a route from here to there has to be serveral miles and actually it’s only 1 or 2. The distances around the hood are actually smaller then I think. I’ve been trying to work in some runs that incorporate greenlake, but i’m not quite there yet… need a little more distance. So i’m either considering doing a loop or I have to just go into area’s I didn’t think I’d have to to get distance. Right now i’m just extending a block down here and there and a block farther but I might have to really expand my routes.

1/2 Marathon Training – Week 2 End

I’m a little behind on posts, but it’s not like anyone reads this thing. Today is actually the first run of week 3 and now we up the miles a little for the next two weeks. Sunday was the big run of week 2, 4 miles again, and after a terrible start to the week, it actually ended well. Tuesday’s 3 mile run was just bad, but things got better as Wed 2 mile run was much better and Thurs. 3 mile run was even better. The final run for the week went even better. Again the big 4 miles and with the new Silversun Pickups record on the sansa and excellent weather, I finished actually 1 minute faster (39 minutes) then target with a few walks at the top of some tough hills. Overall better then the end of week 1 as i was able to run the entire course, for the most part, and felt much better at the end then the week before. Week 3 starts the first distance increase with 3.5 miles today, 2 miles on Wed, then 3.5 again Thurs and a big 5 miles for Sunday. Week 4 will be a repeat and hopefully these two weeks will build things up for the next increase in week 5. Only 10 weeks left till the big race. Seems like so far away but I know it will be here quicker then I think.

1/2 Marathon Training – Week 2, Day 3

Day 3 of week 2… a 2 mile run. After yesterday’s bad run today was much better. Not sure if it was getting back to the mornings or maybe the new mix on the Sansa, but I felt much better and almost back to normal. It was colder this morning and the start was a little hard with the fozen hands… need to look at getting some light gloves. Again, 2 miles in 19 minutes and I felt so good i actually did a little more… probably another quarter to half mile. Tomorrow is back to the 3 miles and well see if it will be as good as today. I’ll again have time in the morning and I think I’ll download the new Silversun Pickups album for my listen pleasure.

1/2 Marathon Training – Week 2, Day 2

Week two starts off repeating Week 1 and that means a 3 mile run today. Because I had the heater guys coming this morning and appointment downtown for lunch, i did not get a chance to do my run in the morning and instead had to go about 3:30pm today. I don’t know if it was late in the day or the fact i’d already walked the dog about a mile and quarter or that I forgot to wash my workout cloths and had to figure out something else or all the people driving home from work or all the other runners, but this run sucked. I had no energy and struggled most of the way having to stop several times to walk. The one good thing was the clearing skys and bright sunshine… looks like spring might be back in Seattle. Also my time was not that far off only a minute slower then usual. Tomorrow is day three and an easy 2 mile. I’ll have time in the morning to run and the weather should also be nice so hopefully it will be better then today.

1/2 Marathon Training – Week 1 End

Today marks the end of the first week of training. Only 11 more to go before the run. Being the end of the week and a Sunday, that means the long run for the week… 4 fraking miles. That is the farthest I’ve run in probably 3 or 4 years, and of course, it was nice and rainy today as well… happy Easter Seattle. I don’t mind running in the rain so much and it’s not the cold or the wet, but it is the problem of not being able to see. My glasses get all wet and then they start to fog up if there is too much rain. I was a little lucky today, as when I started my run, it seemd to be tappering off some and the rain was actually light. I only had to stop a couple of times to clear the water and fog off of them. I think since I was expecting the worse and also knew I had a hot shower and hot crossed buns waiting on my return, the run actually went quite well. 4 miles in 40 minutes and my first mile I think I actually did in under 9 minutes. I also was able to essentially run the entire course including several long hills, with only a couple of stops for the glasses. So with the end of the first week things are going okay. I need to remember to do more stretching after, especially on the off days. With today’s run I’m feeling confident I can do the next couple of weeks of training which makes me feel that will build my endurance so i’ll be able to do the next weeks and so on. Tomorrow starts week 2 off with a day of rest before basically repeating week one – 3 miles, 2 miles, 3 miles and then 4 miles. Then we start to up the distances.

1/2 Marathon Training – Week 1, Day 3

Today is a relatively easy day on the schedule, a 2 mile run. I must say, running in winter is a lot different then summer ;-). After 3 days of what felt like summer, the much cooler and gray run today felt much different. May be it was the weather or maybe it was just the second run, but 2 miles was kind of hard. I got through it and I’m still holding my 10 minute mile pace and did the 2 miles it 20 minutes. It definately felt like the end of summer out there after the last three days felt like summer. Monday I thought it was July and I felt like I was skipping work and was on my first day of vacation… Oh to be so lucky. Tomorrow, back to the 3 mile rule and if I feel up to it, I think I’ll start back with some strength training and do 1/2 the P90X “Chest and Back” workout – some push-ups and pull-ups.

Training Begins – Week 1

Today is day one of week one of the 12 week training for the Rock ‘N’ Roll 1/2 marathon. Last week I had a buffer, to try and get up to the 3 mile run requirement for the start of the program. So followed the basic pattern for week one of the program, I ran about 3 miles, 3 times last week with my big run on Sunday being a full 3 miles. I went in the morning before it got really nice in Seattle and it was hard, but I got through it more easily then I thought. I think the trick for me is to run in the mornings. Yesterday was really the start of week one, but it is a day of rest. So what did I do… put in a planter box in front of the new fence in back and dug out another section in front of the fence to extend the back patio. What a day of rest?! This morning was the first official training day of week 1, a 3 mile run (Training Program). It was a little colder this morning then compared to Sunday, but I ran the course I laid out for Sunday. It went much better then I thought. I was able to do the 3 miles in 30 minutes which is the pace I’d like to minimally do for the 1/2 marathon. I’d like to hold a 10 minute mile pace and do the 1/2 in like 2 hours 20 minutes or faster. Tomorrow is a 2 mile run so we’ll see how things go. The first run of the week seems to always be the easiest for me with later runs much harder. Things have been going well so far I think partly cuz I’m running in the mornings and I’ve also cracked out my Sansa with Rhapsody-to-go and have been listening to music as I run. That seems to take my mind off the pain or how much longer I have to go.