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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

not keeping up . . .

I haven't been keeping up with my posting but all is well. I've run something like 16 consecutive days with several race pace workout (6:00 min. pace range). My body is tired and it's time for a day off so I'll likely take tomorrow off. Running has been so enjoyable and has become so effortless . . . I'm blessed.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

stayin' with it thursday

The workout: This is my "floater" workout where I run hard for 800-1200 meters (half marathon pace), then recovery for the same time . . . total workout: 35 min. @ 6:45 pace. It's a fun workout and a great way to wake up the body. I have no idea why I've been feeling so good but I guess I've reached another level in my running. I keep waiting to take a rest day but my body wasn't given me any messages that it wants a rest day so I'll keep going until my body wants to rest.

The cool down: Barefoot cool down on the treadmill for 15 min @ 9:30 pace. I recently switched from barefoot warm-ups to barefoot cool downs and I'm lovin' it. I suspect because my body is already lose and warm, it's like a massage for my feet.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

cold wednesday running . . .

40 min. of roads, trails and hills in 19F weather . . .

thought of the day: since I started running 4 yrs. ago, I've had a few major breakthroughs and I believe I'm in the midst of another major breakthrough. About 12 months ago my running started to become effortless and know it's becoming even more effortless and I'm getting stronger which I attribute to finding my optimal weight zone for the type of life I live and the way I eat. I could lose more weight but it would require an even more stringent focus on what I eat to make sure I get enough protein but all things considered I've found my optimal weight zone and my running is even more effortless even at faster paces which I didn't think was possible.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

where'd the past week go . . .

I don't know but I had a lot of traveling and a lot of running . . . all is good.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

on the trails again tuesday

I skipped the treadmill warm-up as I wanted to get outside on the trails immediately. It was 30F but not bad at all and, in fact, it was good running weather. That was just a fun 50 min. run. A few days ago my gait was "off" but everything was back "on" today.


Monday, November 7, 2011

inconsistently posting but running consistently

So I've been a bit lazy with my posts (actually very busy). But I've been running around my daughter's tennis schedule so my body is a bit off so I've decided to take today off after the past 3 days of running without adequate sleep or recovery time. That little birdie in my head is telling me to back off day and get back to it tomorrow.

This past week was a lower mileage week for me, about 35 miles (I'm usually in the 50 mile range) and this week is also likely to be a lower mileage week as I have a very busy week ahead.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

too cold thursday . . . stay indoors

I was planning to split this into a half shod/unshod run but after warming up, I decided to stay barefoot and run a nice easy 5k on the treadmill. I hope it warms up soon so I can tackle some road/trails (it was 16F + icy this morning = no outdoors for me).


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

wednesday tempo on the treadmill

Part I: The snow forced me inside to the treadmill (8 in. of snow + 27F), so I started with a barefoot warm-up (25 minutes) then moved into a tempo run (Part II). I use to run in this stuff but not anymore . . . I just refuse to battle mother nature anymore . . . I'm fine with the warm indoors and the treadmill . . .

Part II: After the barefoot treadmill warm-up, I decided to knock off a 15 min. tempo run at 10k pace (6:15 pace). It felt great and I decided to check my heart rate at this pace (it was 156).


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

time to rest . . .

19 consecutive days of running = day off!!! It just feels like it's time to take a day off so that's what I'm doing. I could run but a little birdie is telling me to take a rest day . . . ok, tweety bird, I'm listening :)


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