Saturday, September 17, 2011

And I'm Feeling Good

Last night was one of our BEST training runs since we have started running.  I felt good, I felt strong and I felt like I could have kept going for at least a 10K, maybe more.   

The weather is truly doing wonders for my running, it is so much more enjoyable when you don't have the scorching sun beating on your back and face.  However, I do have to say I could have done without stopping at a few crosswalks because we had to wait for the pedestrian walk signal.  

We used to jog in place while waiting for the signal to change to the "white dude" (yes, I call it that while I am angrily waiting), but now we just stand there and wait.  Mike pushes the button about 100 times before it actually changes over.  Last night we had to stop twice.  Of course at these times Mike stopped the Garmin.  I figure if we were in a race we wouldn't be stopping, for that reason anyway. 

Here are our stats:

Lap 1 - 10:18 pace
Lap 2 - 10:11 pace
Lap 3 - 10:21 pace
Lap 4 - 10:06 pace
Lap 5 (.5) - 9:43 pace

Total Time: 45:48.64
Average Pace: 10:11 minutes per mile

When we did our best 4 mile run we had the same pace, so I am really pleased considering we went an extra half mile.  The 9:43 pace actually felt good, so I am hoping that we can start to get the majority of our runs at that pace instead of just the last mile or half mile.  

At the end of our run we had such a good pace and rhythm going that we started to dodge traffic and avoided stop lights.  The pedestrian walk signals were spared from any further angry glares (until we meet again walk signal).  

Today we went to the gym.  Since we want to become "Ironmen", I figured that using the stationary bike would be a good way to cross train.  We were supposed to cross train for 50 minutes, but we ended up doing a little over a half an hour.  

15 miles!  Not bad for our first time using the bikes in awhile.  We would have only needed 97 more miles to get to the Ironman distance!

We also did some strength training and focused on our arms.  We took it easy so that we wouldn't be too sore because tomorrow we are running 7 miles!  Our longest training run to date, I hope that we have just as good of a run as yesterday.

Do you jog in place at crosswalks or do you give the walk signal an angry stare until the "white dude" appears?


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