Saturday, August 21, 2010
Half Marathon Training Week 2 Sat Group Run
Well, here I go again. Becoming more motivated, more excited, and more determined to "do it" this time. Hope it lasts.
Today we had our group run of 4 miles. It was 88 degrees with 70% humidity. Weatherman said "feels like 109" ya think?!!!! Yea. I think so! But there was a nice breeze on the back side so it wasn't too bad. I was running with my friend who has just started the training program. She is doing so good! We are going to make a great team when we run the half in December! Our fearless leader stressed the importance of today being a long SLOW run so I obliged him and took it slow - not that I am a speed demon anyway. Ha ha. We did 1/1 ratio which seems to work better for us since it is so hot. It is supposed to get to 99 today and 100 tomorrow. I never thought I would see the day when I am looking forward to cooler weather getting here. I used to hate the cold weather. But after running in the heat I am certainly look forward to some cooler runs.
I decided not to eat breakfast before I ran and I am not sure that was a good idea. I was so sluggish and tired. Usually around mile 3 - 3.5 I get an energy surge and can pick up the pace but that did not happen today. I have run before without eating and don't remember it bothering me but I think I won't try that again.
I am also wondering if I am going too much exercise. My calf muscle has bothering me for the past few days. I hope I don't tear it again. I might just do my 3 runs each week and and that is it or at the very least maybe I'll walk on the two other days. I have been doing spin class on two days. I don't want to end up injured again like I did last year. Some days the calf doesn't bother me at all and other says it does.
I have been doing well with my eating. I have been abstinent for three days now. NO eating compulsively! Yeah for me! I have stayed within my caloric range. I am taking it one day at a time. When I look at the big picture and think about not being able to have this or that for the rest of my life - it sounds impossible. But I can do anything for one day!
I have the first Garmin that came out and it does not have a heart rate monitor. So I borrowed a HRM from a friend and have been using that as well. So today I had my garmin and the HRM. I am interesting to see if I am running in a range that is meant for calorie burning.
So here is the run down for today:
Time - 59:37:73
Splits - 15:26
Calories burned - 480
Time - 58:10
Average heart rate - 137
Highest heart rate - 158
Calories burned - 1,103 (I wish but I seriously doubt it. Will go with what Garmin says)
For me to have starting running over a year ago and still doing it is great progress!!! And I am up to 372 miles of the 500 I said I would run for this year. I just might make it! Woohoo!
Have a great weekend friends.