Thursday, September 1, 2011

More Hills and 7 Mistakes NOT to Make

Exercise: 4.5 miles hills/ 9:58 avg pace

Yesterday was a little craptastic. It was one crappy thing after another but the twist is that after each crappy situation occurred, it resolved itself and the outcome was better than expected. So that's pretty awesome, but it would have been cooler to not have to deal with any crap at all.

So the last crappy thing that happened was while getting ready for my regular evening dog walk I noticed my jogger tire was completely flat, so flat the tire was coming off the wheel, damn thorns. Luckily I have another stroller which solved the immediate problem but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do my planned run this morning. Music Man changed the tube for me this morning but I plan to do the next one myself. So if you're a dork like me this video is short and straight forward and makes me feel fairly confidant about changing a tire on my own.

Things worked themselves out, love it when that happens, and I got to do my hill run. This run was a bit more pace driven than hill repeats but my main goal was just to finish the run comfortably. In my head I hoped my pace would avg 12 or below and I lucked out with 10. Makes sense, I averaged 12 min pace on the up hills and 8 min pace on the down hills. And I finished pretty sweaty but also comfortable. I focused more on how I felt than actual pace.

I used to run all my training runs as fast as I could,besides the easy run, but I changed my tune a bit after reading this article yesterday

7 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Long Runs |

Immediately I knew I was guilty of 2 of these mistakes, and at some time in the decade I've been running I have been guilty of all of them. I get so caught up in pace because I feel like my pace is what makes me feel like I runner. I've always enjoyed running but it wasn't until I started clocking those 8 min miles that I really allowed myself to say "I'm a runner." The article made me realize it was time to slow down a bit before I burn out. I did some further research and looked at Jeff Galloway's pace predictor and Jenny Hadfield's pace plan and figured what's best for me is somewhere between slowing down and listening to my body. I'll still push hard on hill repeats and speed workouts, runs that require the push, but the easy and long runs I'll take, well, easier.

Here's a little bit of what we've been up to (mostly food wise):

Burger w/ cheese and avo, baked "fries", and Stone IPA

Prijesnac- The recipe I used was from my friend Melinda, I changed it a bit
But it was damn good

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Waffles swimming in butter and maple syrup

Little Man LOVES broccoli 

He's also a Diva

Beet dyed napkins (turned out only faintly pink, oh well)

Beet, walnut and goat cheese salad

The last few days have been yummy! We've also been moving our house around thanks to Little Man, aka, THE DESTROYER ;) I'll post some pics when it's not such a mess.

1 comment:

  1. I guess we'll never be running together (one of the seven mistakes!) :) All of your food looks yummy!! We will definitely schedule a playdate once we get back from vacay!


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