Monday, March 23, 2015

5km headache

Just went out for a run. I really wanted to try to extend the route near my house and do a 7km, but at the 1km point I got a monster headache.

I wanted to cut the run shorter and just head home (cutting the run to about 3.5km) but I luckily kept pushing through and made it to 5km.

I tried a different way than I usually go, a bit of 'there and back' but it avoided some back streets I didn't feel like running today (just had a feeling not to go there today, y'know) and somehow turned out to be longer than the usual route. 

My last km was almost a 6 minute one, which is great because I felt like absolute shit during it. I managed to keep the last 500m at around 5:30 pace, it's the easiest part of the run (plus it's the end) so I usually can smash it out, but it felt a bit easier to keep that faster pace than usual (headache or no headache!)

I must drink more water in the few hours before a run, I think I had no water (just coffee) before I went out. Stupid move.

I should probably think of weekly training plans on Sunday. I should incorporate:

* 1 long run (longer than the weeks before), so this week I still need to try for at least 7km
* Sprint intervals or hills. The 'Sprint 8' workout that Carrie taught me was pretty easy but seemed good. I think I could push the 'recovery' speed a bit and make it a bit tougher.
* 2 x weight sessions. As much as I like going the Crossfit classes at work, it's usually just 10 minutes of bad technique. Last week I put together a partner strength session that nearly killed Carrie and I, maybe we can do that again. We should be able to do that the same day as the Sprint 8.
* Fast 1-2km runs. I want to try these on the treadmill at work and see how wrong the treadmill at home is. I could barely get under 6 minute, which just seems stupid since I've been able to get under 5 minutes. 

4 years later

It's 4 years later! I look back on this old blog every now and then and love reading about what I went through when I ran and trained hard.

What haven't I done? 

I haven't beaten any of my fastest running times, I haven't run further than a half marathon.

What have I done?

I have run on and off. I moved to another country. I have done a handful of fun runs to keep me motivated. I broke my foot.

2015 so far

My longest run so far has been 6km, it was on the treadmill at work last week. It was hot in there and I managed it in 40:22.

The treadmill in the gym in my condo complex is odd, I suspect it is not calibrated right. I need to test it with my Nike GPS watch and foot thingy. I think I'm running faster than it says when I am on it, at least it's better than running slower than I think.

2015 goals

I hope to run the Calgary Half Marathon in May, and if that goes well then the Banff Half Marathon also.

Hopefully in the next couple of months I can start getting close to some of my PBs. 10km under an hour would be perfect.

Lots of other distance fun runs would be great too. The Calgary Police 5km, the Mother's Day 10km, a 10km in Banff in September. Hopefully some more too!