Sunday, January 9, 2011

Going the Distance

For me, this winter's focus is running. I decided that the second I got my results from Iron Girl. I finished the 5K in 35:35 which was disappointing. I do try to remember that my feet had pretty much zero feeling during the 5K because they froze from wearing cold, wet socks while riding the bike. However, I was still pretty disappointed in my time. So, at that moment, I decided I would improve my running.

My main goal was to improve my time. The first goal was to achieve a 10:00 mile or better and the second goal was to achieve an overall time of under 30:00. What I wasn't planning on was to improve my endurance.

Up until the Iron Girl race, the farthest I ran was just under 5 miles which took me an hour to run. Coach Kelly had us run an hour one day this summer and at the end of it, I thought I was going to throw up. Granted it was pretty warm that day, but I had never asked my body to do something like that before. Little did I know what I would be asking my body to do this fall and winter.

Back in September, the Y announced that they had hired local running rock star Kevin Collins to be their Director of Running and that he was going to have running groups at all the Y's in town. I thought this would be a good chance to work with a running specialist to help me better my times. I figured we would focus on running 3-5 miles or so. HA! Was I in for a surprise!

Fast forward to November. I was preparring for my first 10K. Running 3-5 miles or so with Kevin was a dream of the past. Here are some 60+ min runs I have done since Nov 13. If I have "PR" next to them, then that was the farthest &/or longest I ever ran up to that point. It doesn't mean that was my pace PR:

* Sat Nov 13: 60 min, 5.06 miles
* Sat Nov 20: 62 min, 5.38 miles PR
* Thu Nov 25: 67 min, 6.22 miles PR
* Sun Dec 5: 60 min, 4.78 miles
* Sat Dec 11: 60 min, 5.18 miles
* Sat Dec 18: 90 min, 7.24 miles PR
* Fri Dec 24: 81 min, 6.54 miles
* Fri Dec 31: 96 min, 8.00 miles PR
* Sat Jan 8: 105 min, 8.54 miles PR

In my last post, I mentioned how I used to think my in-law's neighbor was crazy for going out on 7 mile runs. Now I'm the one who others think is crazy. I'm looking forward to going out this summer for a 7 mile run up in Alexandria Bay. In fact, one thing I've always wanted to do was go for a run over the Thousand Islands bridge and back. I've never done it because the base of the bridge is about 1.5 miles from the house and, until recently, I've only been doing 3 mile runs. So, I look forward to conquering the bridge as well as other obstacles this summer.

TTFN!