Thursday, April 1, 2010

Great Run

Yesterday I had a really good run.  It was only 2.33 (still can't seem to get past 2-3 miles but getting there...) but it was great!  I ran outside again and was expecting it to be a toughy but this time the stars seemed to align and everything went well.  It was a nice day which always puts me in a motivated mood, I was trying out my new Garmin (which I freakin' love!!), and I was rockin' a new pair of kicks- they are Saucony's Progrid Triumphs and they are wonderful.  I did a lot of overwhelming research to find a good pair of running shoes and it came down to these and a pair of Brooks.  I don't know how the Brooks would've been but these were like running on clouds (ok, maybe an exaggeration but they were great and my shins didn't hurt at all).  I was also a little surprised to see that my miles averaged just about 13 minutes.  Even on the treadmill I ran at about 14 minutes so I was shocked to see this faster time out on the pavement.  At first I thought I was just pushing to hard and that I wouldn't make it far at that pace but it was actually hard to slow it down so I just went with it.  Even with a couple of hills that was my average time.  I was thrilled (I know 13 min is pretty slow but when you're coming from 15 it feels great :-)).  Overall it was a great run and I can easily make it into 3+ miles, I just have to suck it up and do a hill to get the extra mileage.

Today I am going to try my version of intervals (?)- jog the first mile and then alternate 1 minute of walking with 1 minute of sprinting for the second, and hopefully third, miles.  I don't know if this is true interval training but I thought I should throw something like this into the mix.  I'm going to do this on the treadmill so that I have some control over it.  We'll see how it goes :-).


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"As every runner knows, running is about more than just about putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are"
Joan Benoit Samuelson

11 comments:

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I love intervals. Makes me feel speedy! Have you entered my giveaway yet? If not, check it out!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

Intervals are all about just switching things up in your workout, so it sounds like a great plan! As you get stronger or faster your intervals will change

Genesis said...

i am SO much faster outside than on the treadmill, and im not even sure why either. outside I average maybe 11's but on the treadmill its always in the 13 range.

doesnt it feel great to run with a garmin? i love mine.

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Sherri said...

I am faster on pavement also. It's funny, because my husband is the opposite...he is slower.
Love intervals and those sound great. That is my favorite way to run intervals. 1 min. hard, 1 min. easy or how ever far I run hard...I equally run easy for that long!
Have fun!

Running for Me said...

I know what you mean about the times on the treadmill as well. I am really trying not to worry to much about times at the moment. I like the idea of intervals. I think next week I will put that into my running mix. Thanks

Christina said...

Those can also be called fartleks and is great speedwork. If I actually plan ahead when I do those I set my Garmin on Quick workout (I think that's the setting) and set it so it goes off every minute. This way I don't have to look at my watch.

Meg said...

You know, you are in the most challenging place right now. Just getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other isn't easy, not comfortable, nor always enjoyable. It gets easier and you'll learn to LOVE it even more. Have fun, that's the most important thing! Thanks for checking out my blog, I look forward to following your progress!
meg

ShutUpandRun said...

Hope the intervals went well. Just doing some sprinting should really show you an increase in your speed over time. Glad you like your new shoes...I am still on the quest for the perfect pair...

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Ok, you need to try a skirt. I never wear them in real life either. In fact the only time I ever wear dresses is to weddings. You could always get the skirt with the capris under it ... think of it as a starter skirt!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Hi!
First thanks for commenting on my blog;-). glad to have found each other.
and i think before we know it...your 13 min will be 10...then 9...then ???..;-)