Oh hey, what’s that? My first training log in two months? Don’t mind if I do.
Tuesday: 2 mile walk.
Wednesday: 3.3 mile walk
Thursday: My first attempt at running! 3.1 miles total with two miles running. The two miles I ran were between 10:40-11 mm. It didn’t feel easy (it was hot, humid and gross outside) but I felt like I could have done more. I didn’t wear my HR monitor for this first run because I didn’t want to get discouraged, and based on the numbers I saw later I’m glad I didn’t.
Friday: 2 miles of a couch to 5K workout with a friend. This was more walking than running (it was one of the earlier workouts in C25K), but it was good for me to be social and take it relatively easy. Average pace 14:40.
Saturday: I did the local parkrun for the first time. This is a free 5K (ish) series with chapters throughout the world, and one started at a park very close to my house a few months ago. This was my first time trying it. It started at 8 am, which is later than I’m used to running, and the weather was terrible. The dew point was 73, and according to this widely circulated handy dandy chart, one should “expect pace to suffer greatly” in those conditions. Plus, the course has some very challenging hills.
My run was not great. My watch had just under 2.9 miles at an 11:30 pace. My average HR was 163 bpm and per Garmin I spent most of the run in Zone 5. Not where I want to be, especially since I wasn’t trying to race this run. But I got it done, which is more than I could have done even a week ago.
Sunday: This was a MUCH better run. 3.4 miles, average pace 10:27, average HR 151 bpm. This run showed me a couple of things. First, I’m in better shape than I thought. Second, I probably need to do most of my runs by myself for a while. My HR is reflecting the fitness I’ve lost, and to train the way I want to train, I need to slow down a good bit. Even when people say they want to run with me, I’m naturally going to push myself to the pace that I feel like I “should” be running. I’m thinking what I will do is pick one day a week where I will try to stick with the group, and the rest of the time I will do my own thing. I know that with time I will get back to the place where my easy pace matches my friends’ easy pace. I’m just not there yet.
Totals: 16.6 miles, although at least 7 of those were walking. All things considered, I’m very happy with my first few days back to running.