Thursday, January 6, 2011
January 5th, 2011 – 2.96 Mile Run
The continued prayer is, “Lord keep me focused. Keep my mind stayed on You. Help me to bring You praise. I know You believe in me. Please help me in my unbelief. Amen.”
Tonight’s run was really great! It seems that the days are getting just the slightest bit longer so the sun set is at about 5:20p, I think. So it was twilight when I started but by the time I was done I had lost all of my daylight.
But that was not the problem. It was SO windy!!!! I was blown off course so many times! It was quite comical to watch, I’m sure. It was great when the wind was at my back but that happened so infrequently that it didn’t matter.
I knew this was going to be a short run so I was going for speed. I had finally replaced the battery in my heart rate monitor so I was able to set a goal for my effort and know when I was falling behind. The goal was to keep my heart rate between 165 and 175. That’s about an 8:45 mile for me. My splits don’t really show it because I allowed myself to walk across streets and I didn’t stop my RunKeeper when I was stopped at lights, but I stayed at that pace for most of the run. Score!
No soreness, no injuries and I slept like a rock.
BOOK REVIEW: I am on page 55 of “Runners World: Complete Book of Women’s Running” by Dagny Scott Barrios. The first part of the book is committed to the beginner runner. I am always excited to read information for the beginner because I always see myself as a beginner. But as I continue to read these books, articles, commentaries and whatnot, it is becoming clearer to me that I have passed the beginner’s phase and moved on to the intermediate phase. However, I definitely consider myself a recreational runner and the science absolutely supports that! I’m doing great to get 10 miles a week these days.
I’ve read through the history of running in this country, the growth in popularity during times of crisis, the tools of the trade, frequently asked questions, from walking to jogging and from jogging to running. There hasn’t been a whole lot that I’ve read that I didn’t already know but the refresher has been great. It was great to get the reminder about overtraining. I don’t think I’m at a huge risk of overtraining, but every athlete thinks that until they wake up and can’t move. Even then, I find myself blaming that on my age. Still, this book is a wonderful way to refresh myself on the mechanics of running and I can’t wait to get to the part where I’m studying about racing. I think I will learn a lot in that section. Also, I honestly believe that this run was so comfortable and injury free because of the tips I applied after reading. I didn't even have the AT issues that I have had after *every* run when I followed the advice on heel strike.
However, I haven’t been giving it the time it deserves, because on the recommendation of a friend, I started reading “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super-athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Steve McDougall. I bought this one on my Kindle and have been devouring it with great gusto. I’m still not a fan of barefoot running but I am looking forward to getting to know this elusive tribe and learning how they are master runners from the day they are born and how they never seem to age.
I’ll letcha know what I think.