Yesterday I was tired and had decided to do an easy 4 miles at lunch. During the morning an email went out to join some folks for a track workout and I began to reconsider. I decided to jog to the track just to see how I felt. The weather was breezy and cool and they were doing 800m intervals with short rest at tempo. I decided to give it a shot and 6×800 later, I was glad I did.
I had trouble finding a consistent rhythm until the last two intervals, but I was 3:30 for the 1st, 3:24-25 for the next 3, and 3:20 for the final two. None of them felt very strenuous, but it was a solid workout and another confidence booster. As I continue to build back up, these small “victories” are extremely encouraging. They keep my motivation high and show me that I am making progress.
With just a little over a month to go before my 1/2, I am not as concerned with my time for that race. I want to keep making progress and target some Fall 5k- 5 mile races to try and hit some time targets. It’s nice to see that subtle changes in running and nutrition are working already.
By far my favorite part of running is the Sunday long run. I don’t mind intervals and hills, but getting out and forgetting about the time, but focusing on the distance is what I love to do. I also think that I like to do nothing on Sunday, I can use a long run to excuse my lazy behavior and weekend donut consumption.
Thanks to the folks at Fleet Feet and Mizuno, I took part in the 2nd Hot Feet run this morning. I started off thinking I’d do the 8-mile loop like last week and then add 2 more miles in Green Lakes.
It was muggy, but overcast, and I thought it would be a good day to go a bit longer. When I reached the water stop at 5, I had second thoughts. Hard to believe that I might be getting a bit smarter as I get older, but I realized that going from 8 to 10 in a week might not be the best choice at this point in my training. Next week, we’ll take a crack at 10. We’ll also see how these old legs feel now that I’m adding these Pro Compression socks to my recovery.
My friend Nate (also a runner) made a good point when he said “distance running is pretty selfish…”. When you think about it, running is primarily for your own personal benefit. The time it takes to train for races, marathons, etc. is significant. Nate went on to add that sometimes we need to be selfish so we can be at our best for others.
I completely agree with this view. Without running, I feel stressed, irritable, and even more impatient than normal. The time I take to run is time that helps me to get out a lot of negativity. It allows me to clear my mind, or wrestle with my thoughts, on the roads or trails, in order for me to be more present at work or home.
One of the benefits of my new position is the increased ability for a lunchtime run. Now, instead of coming home from a long day and going out the door and away from family, I can be engaged. It’s also a nice break to the routine to get away from the computer and recharge for the afternoon.
Being selfish hasn’t felt this good in a long time.
Right now I’m building up to run The Arc 1/2 Marathon in September (http://www.arcon.org/events/race). The fact that it is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts absolutely influenced my entry. After that, I’m targeting the Festival of Races 5k, which will show how far I’ve come from last year’s time of 20:31. I’m comfortable saying that I’m hoping to get under 19:00 at the Festival. At last month’s Paige’s Butterfly Run, I finished in 20:06 without the mileage or speed work I’ve been hitting since then.
I’ve been over 25 miles 3 of the last 5 weeks and this week’s weather makes me confident of reaching that mark again. The Fleet Feet Sunday Long Runs (http://www.fleetfeetsyracuse.com/training/hot-feet-training-runs) will help me increase a little each week. They do a great job of getting people out and providing water/gels as the distances increase. My goal for the 1/2 is to try to get around 1:30- not focusing on that race as much as this year since I need longer to build my base. We’ll see how this next year goes before I make a marathon decision, but my hope is to finally get ready and complete one.
I had just started on my run and noticed some folks staring from across the parking lot. Normally I would have thought they were just admiring my form, but they kept looking and I didn’t know them so I was a bit perplexed. Then I took a couple of steps around some bushes and there was a deer glaring at me. The people said they were watching to see if I was going to get jumped. Thankfully that didn’t occur because how would you explain that to someone? Yeah I won’t be back to work because a deer fractured some of my ribs.
Sounds plausible to me….
I’m guessing that most of you reading this already know me, but welcome to my new blog. The last 18 months have been very trying for me professionally and to deal with the stress, I’ve decided to get back to a couple of things that have always helped me before- running and writing. My running has become more consistent this spring and now it’s time to get back to writing.
This blog is not meant to solicit sympathy from folks, as trust me things are very good in my world (thanks to a wonderful family and supportive friends and colleagues). This will hopefully give me a healthy outlet for all that is going on in my world. I’m going to talk a lot about my renewed commitment to running, as well as interject my thoughts on what is happening in the sports world.
Why “Running on Donuts” for a name? Well, chocolate donuts have been a staple of my diet since I was a kid. They serve as a comfort food when I am stressed, and part of the reason I run is to continue to eat them guilt-free. So if Dunkin’ Donuts or Tim Horton’s want to throw some endorsements my way, I’m all ears.