Saturday, February 9, 2013

First Long Run of 2013

I live in downtown Albany and have street parking.  I'm a bit obsessed with finding a parking spot and keeping it so when I came home from work on Thursday and found even street parking, I knew I wouldn't be moving my car again until the snow emergency forced me.  (which will be Sunday at 8pm)  I was lucky to have a snowday on Friday (even though we had absolutely no snow until well after school hours) so my car remained in its spot.  Eventually it snowed and the wind blew much like everywhere else in the northeast which made my stubbornness worth it. Determined not to give up my spot, I left my car like this, and walked to the bus stop.




Todays run called for 5 miles.  This would be the first time I've done 5 (or more) since May 20th.    My brain sometimes overrides my actually endurance and tells me that I am not capable of running that far anymore.  I try to ignore it, but often I shoot out too fast and can't keep the pace.  I knew that since I've been working out, hiking, and snowshoeing, that if I kept a conservative pace I'd make it just fine.

I set the treadmill to 5.0 (12 minute pace) and went running.  I covered my screen with a magazine and the racebib from Shut up & Run's virtual run for Sherry.  Having the bib visible helped keep me focused on what I am able to do, not something that I have to do.

 Once I hit 4.25 I started to push myself a little bit harder, increasing by .1 until I reached 6.0. I still had energy left in the tank, I felt strong.  I finished feeling great and optimistic towards the remaining 17 weeks of Lake Placid Marathon Training.  While today was not especially fast,  I feel confident that I'll have most of my speed back before June.

Post run I caught the bus home and put on a compression sock.  My right ankle is the one still slightly jacked from the mud run so I am taking extra precautions to keep it happy as I train.

 Also, I couldn't find the left sock.


It feels great to be back and focused on a goal.  It's especially nice when I prove my head wrong. 

5 comments:

  1. Awesome run!!! Glad you brought motivation to your treadmill run!!!

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    1. Thanks! I forgot how much I enjoy the runners high!

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  2. Awesome job! I need to start doing some longer runs but treadmills are so horrible - the virtual run was a great idea. I'm going to go look for some I can sign up for now, I am sure they will help motivate me! The only problem is...how did you get a treadmill at a gym to go over 60 minutes without stopping? All the gyms I know of/go to automatically do a cool down after an hour :(

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  3. Funny what you talk yourself into believing. I do the same thing. Good thing we don't listen to ourselves :) Nice job on the run!

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    1. Thanks! I still have doubts about the whole 26.2 but I've done it before and I know that come june I'll be able to do it again. One run at a time!

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