lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016

A weekend of drinking that payed off

I am a bit dissapointed with my weekend, I drank on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rested Thursday and Friday on purpose.

I went to bed at 2 a.m. , I only drink a bit, so went out to run in the morning at 10 a.m., and did 7.5k in 46:42, laps were (7:47 to get there, then 5 laps in 6:25,6:20,6:20,6:17,6:11 and back home in 6:48). I honestly raced the watch at the end to not run over 47 mins, kept things easy, though.

Sunday was a disaster, because I really got drunk on Saturday, and even my run on Sunday was 4:00p.m. and only ran 21:38 for 2 miles. I called it quits, I was feeling like shit and felt like my chest was blocked or something, I did not woke to a hangover, but I just felt like shit.

Ran 5 times this week, but I am not sattisfied with the way the week finished. I was not going to drink yesterday, but someone bought 3 little beers for me, it was going to be rude to reject it, but honestly that was what I wanted to do.

Today after work at 7:05 p.m. I went to run and still felt like crap, but luckily at the end felt much better almost normal, splits today were 8:04 to get tot he park, and then did 6 laps in 6:33,6:25,6:20,6:18,6:08,6:02. 47:40 for 7.5k. As you can see I felt much better at the end.

I have decided to quit alcohol, I am not a good drinker, and everytime I drink, I most of the time screw my next day. Not funny, maybe its time to get back to my sober years, where I felt great and could last years without a drink!

Have a great night!

jueves, 22 de septiembre de 2016

Yesterday`s Steady state run

Yesterday I could escape work early and managed my run. Then I could rest Thursday and Friday and run on the weekend and accomplish my goal of 5 days per week of running.

I started running yesterday at 6:53 p.m. and it was dark already, the plan was to run easy, but if I felt good I would push here or there, I would rest 2 more days after that so why not. Got there (conservatory of course) in 7:55.

The first lap was easy in 6:16, but I had a young guy (that I have encountered several times running there) breathing in my neck so to speak, then I passed a fellow runner Reynaldo to catch another runner, and Reynaldo came with me, and the other guy accelerated too, so We were running in a pack of 4 and I felt excited to run in that pack, it felt like a race and it felt like everybody was talking with our feet, sounds weird but its true! That is the beauty of running, each of us were competing in one way or another with each other, but of course I wanted to keep the effort as easy as possible, but today that pace ( should be very managable) felt like a chore, maybe I was tired or whatever, but maintain pace was a struggle,2nd lap came in 5:38, then halfway the 3rh lap Reynaldo took the lead, I was leading pretty much until that point, then I sat a bit behind Reynaldo and let those guys do the work, but I was not feeling confortable, then in the next lap, the young guy put in a surge and I matched the surge, but then the other guy followed us, but stopped not long after, I never saw Reynaldo again and then I was running with the other guy for a bit, before in the last lap speeding up again and leaving all of them behind, closed the final lap in 5:08, again, felt like shit! Finished the 7.5k in 42:49 or so.

Laps were 6:16,5:38,5:26,5:31,5:28,5:08. I definetely I was so focused in the " competition" that I forgot in which lap each of us changed positions, but the way I described it above, was pretty much the way it happened.

After the run I looked like if I was in the swimming pool, soaking wet! Also I felt somewhat uncoordinated in the legs trying to accomodate the stride running in the group, maybe I run a lot better alone and maybe that is the reason my best times are alone in practice!

Rested today and probably will rest tomorrow to come fresh on Saturday!

Have a great Thursday!

martes, 20 de septiembre de 2016

Easy night run

Today I was not supposed to run because I would leave work late, but that was not the case and left early, so I took advantage of that and I got my run in.

At 6:50 p.m., I went out to the conservaotry to run easy to recover from yesterday, but I felt pretty good. 7:51 to get to the conservatory, then 6 laps and 90 secs to complete what I thought was 7.5k in 46:50.

Splits per lap were 6:22,6:16,6:11,6:02,6:12,6:06 and 90 seconds. Felt good for the most part, but in the 5th lap I felt tired, but then felt good again. But today I felt much better than yesterday, maybe I should have done something fast today instead of yesterday.

Weather was hot!

Have a great Tuesday!

lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2016

Zapping the zero with some fun

Today I left work earlier than expected, at 6:10 p.m. or so, then I got home, got dressed and out to run at 7:05 p.m. Today I felt tired even before running and a bit sore because I danced yesterday and you use muscles dancing that you would not use otherwise.

I got out easy to the conservatory and got there in 8:06, as I said , I was feeling a bit off, and continued running easy, 3 laps passed before I turned on the turbo, first 3 laps were 6:27,6:24,6:23, then I was feeling better and as I am resting tomorrow I wanted to stress the body a bit, so I threw the 4th lap in 4:33, not easy, but not suicidal pace, but I got more tired than expected, next lap easy in 6:58, that fast lap got a really good amount of energy, then the 6th lap in 4:43, feeling much more confortable than the 4th lap, it seems that 10 seconds slower seems a lot easier too., cooled down for 90 secs to complete my 7.5k in 45:25 or so.

Of course that what really brought the pace down were those 2 fast laps. I need to do more kms at that pace more often, at this stage those paces should feel a lot easier, but those are still a struggle for me. Need to test the legs in flat terrain, given that those hills really fry your legs.

The weather was hot I find, because I was soaking wet byt the end, or maybe I really gave a good effort in those fast laps.

Either way, happy to have run and happy to be alive and kicking (running).

Have a great start to the week!

domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016

Catching up

Thursday was a rest day, and Friday was a rest day also, but  not by choice, when I left work at 6:50 p.m. I came home with my mind to get my running in, but I encountered a guest in my house and I could not run. That is one of the cons of night running, oh well!

Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m., I went out running with my father did 5 laps clockwise, and my legs felt flat, wanted to do the last 2 laps at a good effort to see if that would solve the problem, but just after the half of the 4th lap I just knew that it was going to be an easy day from that moment onward. Finished in 46:53 for 7.5k. Laps were between 6:29-6:20, excluding the 4th that was 5:18.Had nothing in the tank.

Sunday I went out to do my run at 9:30 a.m., I slept in a bit, I needed that, plus I drank a couple of beers yesterday and ate a big burguer, good times!

I went out at an easy pace and the same story as yesterday, felt empty. That changed a bit until the last 2 laps where I felt much better and I threw 4 strides in the last lap. Got there in 7:54, then 5 laps in 6:26,6:25,6:19,6:19,5:38 (strides), then back home easy, when I saw 46:30 100s out of home, I sped up to run under 47 mins for 7.5, mission accomplished, I ran 46:57. Too hot and felt better than yesterday, but still not great!

I  ran 4 times this week, I wanted to do my normal 5 days a week, but life happens, not a bad week, though!

Have a great Sunday!

miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016

Progression run stress release

Yesterday I took the day  off and tomorrow will be off as well. The reason for this isthat I get advantage of the weekend and that I can still run my 5 days per week. I left work today at 7:10 p.m. these days have been stressful, but I wanted to run, so skipping the run did not cross my mind at all.

AT 7:45 p.m. I headed out o the conservatory and I was feeling pretty good, so given the fact that I am resting tomorrow I decided to push it a bit, and finished hard. Got there in 7:54, then did 5 laps in 5:44,5:26,5:12,5:05,4:42. Felt very good and controlled, but tired at the end of course, but I can notice that my final km is getting faster and faster each time, in the past month(s) running sub 5 min in the final lap was  a struggle, right now is a given, so to speak. HECK!, RUNNING sub 22 mins 5k, was a given years ago, but now it seems like a long shot, anyways, I think I am heading the right direction.

I am getting tired, but I can focus and keep the pace even when huffing and puffing, so that is a good mental training, I did 26:09 for 5 laps today, that was not the plan, but I went with it because I felt strong. Back home in 6:56.

Weather cooperated also!

7.5k total in 41:38, surprised by the fast time at that effort!

Have a great rest of humpday!

lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2016

Catching up and Zapping the zero

Yesterday I did my run at 10:00 a.m. I wanted to sleep in a bit, but wanted to get it out of the way as early as possible, so a win in both fronts.

I headed out to the conservatory easy and I experienced fear when  big rottweiller was unleashed and I did not realize He was there until I was 5m close to him. Luckily, the owner called him out loud and the dog went where his owner was, I just stopped suddently and put my hands up in the air. I could not stop the watch and got to the conservatory even in that situation in sub 8 mins.

Then did 5 laps in 6:15,6:11,6:19,6:15, then incorporated 4 strides feeling pretty good and did in the last lap 5:22, then back home to complete 7.5k in 46:04.

Today after work, I escaped early today, so I was running at 6:31 p.m. I wanted to run hard, but I felt full because my lunch today was two chicken ckings, two fries and two cokes, yea, I am a beast! so by 6 p.m. I still felt my stomach stuffed.

I started easy and decided not to do a formal workout, just to speed up by the end if I felt good. Got to the conservatory in sub 8 mins. Then did 6 laps in 6:22,6:07,5:54,5:25,5:09,4:54. Then did 90 seconds to finish the 7.5k in 43:30 or so.

As you can see after the 2.5 laps I started to change gears, the reason was a guy that was around 100m+ ahead of me and I decided to catch him, I have run easy for one week, so no reason to do this reason easy again, in the lap before the last one a guy passed me like I was walking, then I decided to chase him and in that chase I passed the guy I was chasing initially then  I continued to chase the other guy, but He was building on me, I could not catch him until He stopped for a walk with 300s to go in my last lap, after I passed him, I was feeling tired but I could keep pace, I was unconfortable because I was still full, feeling better , but not great, but I am glad that I test the system a bit.

Tomorrow I ll rest and probably on Wednesday I ll pick up the effort once more, given the fact that today I finished hard, but it was not a workout, so i should be totally recovered by Wednesday.

Have a great start to the week!