So, in other updates - I HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO RUN. I know, terrible. I went out yesterday to do a focused workout - 5 miles with 10x30 second strides @ Z7. The first mile felt so clunky after having been out of the game for so long. (Since my half 2.5 weeks ago I have only run about 3 times.) I ended up feeling fine and having a nice run. It wasn't terrific but it'll do. I ran along my old standby waterfront course and it was actually gorgeous out. And I'm glad I'm back at it. (I ended up losing count and doing 12 repeats instead. Oops.)
Stats from my main run:
Miles = 5.28
Avg Pace = 7:56
Avg HR = 171 bpm
Miles = 1.028
Avg Pace = 6:33
Avg HR = 181
Miles = 4.16
Avg Pace = 8:25
Avg HR = 176 bpm
Miles = .62
Avg Pace = 9:09
Avg HR = 171 bpm
To make a long story short I ran almost 6 miles.
Then I went to bikram again. I'm not sure if I'm improving but I also don't really care. What I do care about are all the random hairs that somehow end up on my person. NO ME GUSTA. Seriously, I know there are some occupational hazards with bikram, but I do not think they should include any of the following:
- stepping into a sweat puddle in the carpet
- being covered in someone's pubic hairs
- getting farted on
Today's plan is an easy 3 miles and potentially spin at the gym. My legs are sore from all the activity and I honestly could be overdoing it here. I hate saying that because I sound like my mother, who is constantly wary of my activity level, but it may be true. I want to be somewhat fresh for the 2 mile hill repeats on Saturday morning. I am not going to run on Friday either, but might go to yoga.
So, about those hill repeats. Here's the description of the workout - and FYI, it is called "Black Saturday:"
The idea of the workout is to pick a hill that allows you to
perform at least a 30 min hill repeat. The workout for this coming
Saturday is intended to be 3 X 30 min hill repeats on the steep side
of Hamilton Mt. Hamilton Mt. is located at Beacon Rock State Park
just off of Hwy 14. That is on the Washington side of the Gorge.
The runs are called Black Saturday, so the only requirement is that
you wear all black from head to toe. I'm guessing that excludes
shoes. The workout is intended to be an encouraging environment that
will help us learn how to run hills more efficiently within ourselves.
Not mentioned are the 1.5 mile warm up (with serious elevation gains itself) and cool down. My plan is to do this, then hightail it to a fancy winery/wedding venue to check it out. I can't wait to show up covered in mud and freak them all out! Anyone local want to join?
And then I plan to do bikram again on Saturday evening and possibly Sunday. I may join in on another Forest Park trail run on Sunday but I don't think I have the cojones to wake up that early 2 days in a row. Again, no me gusta.
Hope your Friday-eves are going well!