Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Break

So I had a typical college kid-styled spring break. It was fun, but it feels good to be home. I didn't do any running or strength training, but was able to snag a good picture of me running on the beach.



The other day I was teaching my mom to run in her new Merrell Trail Gloves and found how much easier it was to run at a slower pace. My mom usually runs around a 10:15 pace while I felt I could run comfortably at a 9. After running with her I noticed that I didn't feel nearly as exhausted(funny how that works eh?)

Anyway, today I decided to take it slow and do a long run. I told myself I could stop and walk at any time, stop and stretch, or even just mess around for a bit. I ended up running/walking 6 miles at 1 hour and 22 minutes. I know this is slow, but it felt good to cover a long distance and actually spend some time outdoors. I think I will incorporate more slow runs into my training as many sources say they are essential. I believe they are what man was made to do, which is why it comes so easy to us. Why fight evolution?

About 3 miles into my run I stopped and waded in the river at the park. The water was cold and worked as an ice pack. Once I started running again my little aches and pains went away.

Throughout the run my knee was tweakin' a bit. The overall run was hilly and I am not 100% used to that yet. I stopped and stretched a few times on the run and the pain went down. Right now it isn't bothering me at all, which is a good sign.

5 comments:

  1. Make a motivational poster and put "sexy barefooting" on the bottom haha.

    As for the evolution thing, I think we were made to sprint as well. You sometime have to run away from those lions and bears you know :-D Have you ever tried sprinting and going back to the slow pace?

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  2. Haha that may or not be beneficial...

    Good point. I mess with my pace occasionally. I will try to put more thought into it next run though. Thanks for your input.

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  3. Also, the font size is way smaller on your home page for some reason. It's difficult to read.

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  4. Thanks. I noticed that the other day. I don't know what is up... I'll have to fix it.

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  5. Consider it fixed. The Jeff Galloway training plan table was messing stuff up.

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