Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Speedwork

I am writing this at 6:00 p.m., after JUST finishing lunch. Something came up at work just as I was about to go to my track workout (already running late at the time), so I had to take care of that and by the time I got home, settled, etc. it was just late. I'm finding that the best time of day for me to run is after I've been up a few hours, had breakfast and time for it to digest, but before I get hungry again.

My run was fine, I ran down to the track to do 2 miles of cadences 100 meters on and 100 meters off. After painstakingly analyzing this data to come up with averages I was disappointed to see that I shorted myself on the fast parts by quite a bit. According to my Garmin (which can never always be trusted, the little devil) I did the following:

  • Fast bits = .885 miles @ 5:59 average pace
  • Not fast bits = 1.19 miles @ 7:33 average pace
Total Miles = 4.34
Average Pace = 7:39

Average HR = 167 bpm

(this includes both warm up and cool down)

I didn't feel very fast today...maybe it is because I was listening to NPR and not jamming to music. Maybe next time I'll nix the damn ipod all together. There were tons of people out there running, including a coupla chicks that I swear were doing my exact same warm up and then speed work. They were in fantastic shape and definitely had runner's bodies. I pretty much hate them.

Back to the misproportioned fast/slow cadences. This track must be a bit more circular than I'm used to. I should have started and stopped the fast cadence a little before and after the straightaways. Oh well, next time.

*That is all*

Wait - no it isn't...i'm making green bean casserole for dinner tonight.


Sarah said...

Good run! Even if it felt slow :) NPR? Which show? Fresh Air. Kind of a downer the last couple of shows!

Denise said...

I just found your blog. I lived in Ann Arbor for a few years but now I'm back home in PA. It's a great little town.

Denise said...

I'm glad it's not my running that got you hooked but the occasional bender. And I must note that they happen too often!!

I was in AA for 3.5 years. My husband is from K'zoo and went to UM. I couldn't take the mid west so we moved back to PA. That and there aren't any jobs in MI.

Denise said...

I didn't book mark the maintenance schedule I found, just printed it right off. But it alternates between 30 and 33 mile weeks. I googled "maintenance schedule" and a few came up.