Tuesday, August 26, 2008

0 Run 2, Week 2 (BBOHR): Keepin' On Keepin' On + Weekend Road Race Quandary


Weather Conditions:
Temp: 63° FHumidity:63%
Warm-up Walk:Start Time: 8:00 am
Distance: 0.40 miTime: 5:02 minAvg Pace: 12:25 min/miCalories Burned: 42
Start Time:
8:05 am
Distance: 4.64 miTime: 48:11 minAvg Pace: 10:22 min/miCalories Burned: 483
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 8:54 amDistance: 0.31 mi
Time: 5:00 min
Avg Pace: 15:47 min/miCalories Burned: 33

It was a little bit chilly this morning as I set out for my 48 minute run, but of course the temperature felt pretty good after about the second or third lap.

As you can see from my warm-up walk time, I walked & then briskly jogged part of my warm-up walk to help to warm the bod faster. ;-)

For the run, I did about 6 1/16 laps around the lake, or 4.48 miles. At the end of lap 4 (or about 31:36 minutes into the run), I gulped down some Gu to help replenish the glycogen stores; I certainly wasn't about to have another "crash & burn" again today!

Afterwards, I hit the Menu button on my iPod to end the workout but for some reason it didn't stop right away, so I actually finished in closer to 48:05, & not 48:11 as listed by my Nike+iPod. So, my pace was also a bit faster than the above listed time.

As usual, I'll again offer my own pace calculations, since they are probably more accurate than the Nike+iPod figures listed above: I ran 4.48 miles in 48:05, or about a 10:43:58 pace.

I definitely feel like I'm getting stronger. Despite feeling a bit peaked (in terms of my overall energy level, but not necessarily fatigued) at around the fourth lap, I picked up steam shortly after consuming the Gu, & then made an effort to progressively speed up on the remaining 2 laps, going faster with each lap. I felt much more energetic on the final lap, probably in part, thanks to the Gu, & it was also part psychological (being that I knew it was going to be the last lap, etc.).

I'm neither pleased nor displeased with the pace. Just remaining neutral about it, because there's a lot more work to be done between now and race day.

Since I'm ahead of schedule in terms of my weekly runs, I'm going to see if I can do my 6 mile run on Thursday morning, & then just do a quick 30-minute run this Saturday instead. Well, there is a 5K road race this weekend (i.e., The Kentlands 5K) which I just found out about a day or two ago & am sorely tempted to run (Ha, that'd be my 30-minute run! ;-)), but I told Erik that I'd run with him this weekend instead. Erik & I would be running at a new location that's further along the trail (i.e., where we usually do our weekend runs), which is supposed to be really nice; I've run part of it before, but am curious to try out this new route.

OK, I think I need to do a "Whoa, Nelly" & reign myself in a bit. Hmmm, well maybe. Even though running the 5K run would be a great test to see how much I've improved, I know that there'll probably be other 5K races I could run in a few weeks. Just got to find something mid-way between now & the Rockville 5K/10K race in November. (Also, need to work in some speed workouts at some point too!)

Still, I'm really, really tempted. Today's the last day to register for the reduced rate, & I don't want to pay "out the nose" on race day, so either I make up my mind today & run it, or just learn to control my "wild horses" & enjoy my more leisurely weekend run with Erik.

On the one hand, there's the thrill & the challenge of the race, & on the other, a beautiful new area to run in with my squeeze, whom I don't get to spend nearly as much time with as I'd like.

I know it's kind of last-minute, but I'm still in a quandary over what to do. So what do you think? Should I run the race or run with Erik instead? (Erik's made it clear that he doesn't want to race this weekend, & last night was nursing a swollen ankle to boot, so it's either run with Erik, or have Erik watch me race, & then he'll either run afterward or not at all, depending on how the ankle's doing.)

OK, it's your turn to vote. To race or not to race, 'that is the question. ;-)

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