Boy, I was ready to run this morning!!!! I woke up at around 5:00 with a weird burst of energy and thought it was 7:30 and time to run…..but then I looked at the clock and realized I was 2 1/2 hours early and I fell back asleep.
I eventually woke up again around 7:00, ate half a carrot cake clif bar (the BEST kind ever!!!) and hit the road.
It was a perfect morning! The sun just starting to come up and it was probably only 80 degrees. I had told myself I really wanted to run a 5K this morning, just to see where I stand on time. I decided, by the way, NOT to use the Galloway method for my training this time. I want to work on endurance and then speed.…if I have to walk, I’ll walk, but I don’t want to plan it. Well, I ran for 15 minutes straight this morning!!! That might not seem like a big deal to most of you experienced runners, but its actually the longest time I’ve ever gone without taking a walk break! I felt very proud of myself!!! I did walk a couple times this morning after the 15 minute mark, but each break was more like 30 seconds and they were few and far between. It was definitely my strongest run to date. Someday I’ll get to where I can run 3 miles without walking at all….just gotta keep at it I guess!
Here are the stats:
Time: 40 minutes (including 7-8 minute cool down walk at end)
Average Heart Rate: 182
Max Heart Rate: 201
Distance: 3.2 miles
I walked for the last 7 minutes or so as a cool down around the lake at my apartment, so that’s included in the 40 minute period. I’m not SO worried about my speed at this time as I am keeping my endurance up. I’d rather go slower and take less walk breaks than go fast, get an awesome time, but totally burn myself out. I aim for 10 minute miles because I’ve found that’s what really works for me! I think my pedometer might be sort of off though. I’ve thought this for awhile now because its one of those cheap little things that you put on your belt. I used it all last year to train and then when I ran my 10K I was amazed at how “short” the race really seemed and I got an amazing time that I had never even come close to before. I also heard that you usually burn 100 calories/mile and so if I burned 450 calories I feel like I should have gone further than only 3.2 miles (??!). Something about it just doesn’t seem right…..does anyone use a great pedometer that they recommend???
After I got back home, stretched and had a HUGE glass of water, I made pancakes for breakfast! I used this mix:
I did a single serving: 1/3 cup mix, 1 tsp canola oil and about 1/2 cup soymilk. It produced two large, yummy pancakes! I topped them with 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, 5 sliced strawberries and a huge banana. I also had a half cup of fage on the side for extra protein.
I think pancakes could just be the perfect post-run meal! YUM!
I then had some coffee and iced my leg to ward off that old injury. The last thing I need is to have it spring back up before training even starts!
Today I’m having lunch with Miss Caitlin of See Bride Run!!! We are going to my faaaavorite lunch spot here in Orlando: Yellow Dog Eats. I’ve been staring at the menu for weeks now and have, of course, already picked out my meal. I’ll keep you all in suspense though and let you see pictures this afternoon!
Have a wonderful day!