Thursday, May 5, 2011

Training Day 47 - Rest

Today is day 47 of my 12K training program and it's a day of rest... ahhhh.... how nice those days off are.  I have been running 4 days a week and cross training / weight training 1 - 2 days a week and I'm looking forward to the 12K so I can take a break from this training. 

Yesterday morning I ran a route with hills in my neighborhood at 7:30 am.  I ran 7.35 miles in 1 hour and 27 minutes with run walk intervals of 5/1 (accompanied by my friend and 12k race partner Gwen).  I now feel like I can run the Bay to Breakers and not just barely finish but finish strong. 

It was in the 50's and cool.  Perfect for running in capri running
tights and a sleeveless shirt.  This was a flat section before a small
hill and then all downhill.
I have never walked never mind run that far in my life and I certainly don't think I could ever do that on my own.  I must say today I'm feeling really good physically.  My legs this morning felt like they did a little bit of running yesterday but nothing major.  Tomorrow's schedule is a three mile run then a 1 hour yoga class.
By the end of this week I will have run 21 miles??? WOW!  I can't believe I just typed that! It's amazing what our bodies are capable of with the proper training.  I sit and think about how a year ago I was just walking on the treadmill and 3.5 was speed walking for me. 

Tomorrow I run three flat easy miles on the track or treadmill and on Saturday it's a 6 mile run.  I decided to sign myself up for a 5.5 mile race this Saturday so I'm going to run 1/2 a mile before the race. 

I am enjoying this moment of rest.  Maybe I'll paint my toe nails a new color tonight (something I used to not do for the difficulty in being able to touch my toes)?  Hope you treat yourself on your day or moment of rest.  Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there.  Gotta run and get my son off the school bus! 

3 comments:

  1. CONGRATS on all your running; truly an ispiration to wimpy runners/joggers like myself...but doing something is more than nothing, right??? So glad you had a rest day, and tomorrow will be nice too for you!! Again, what do you use to track your elevation, start/stop time, etc? I need something if I'm going to continue running but seems like there are lot of choices out there! -mid

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  2. Mid I use Map My Run (there's now an application for droid phones for free) and my Timex Ironman wrist watch to time my intervals: http://www.activeroute.com/index.php/article/trn/27/0

    The watch I use for my start and stop time and I use it to time my intervals (I set it to beep at 5 minutes - then I walk for 1 minute and repeat).

    There are also gps watches by Garmin and Timex but cost much more $$$. I'm happy with my watch for now. If I ever decide to get into running for an extended period of time I may bump up to the more expensive watch (I probably wont). I think my next purchase will be prescription swim goggles (I want to be able to swim but I wear glasses and I can't wear contacts).

    Thanks for reading and posting!

    Cheers and have a great Mothers Day!

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  3. Almost forgot! Here is the link to Map My Run: http://www.mapmyrun.com/

    Enjoy!

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