Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Nice run tonight. I waited until the sun was nearly set to run and that helped a lot because it got just a little bit cooler and of course no sun to make matters worse. I had originally wanted to a little bit of speedwork near the end of the run but as I made it to 1:10 I realized that although I was feeling good I just didn't feel like I could do any sprints. I did however pick up the pace gradually and was moving along at a pretty good clip for the next 10 minutes, and since I had went that far I just decided to run until I hit 12 miles, now getting well below 5k race pace. So I really did well tonight and stayed out there longer than I have been, which is a great sign. Hopefully that means I'll actually be able to have a chance at my half marathon coming up, and if things go really well a 5k a few weeks before.

So I'll label tonight as a hard effort, since the last 20 or so minutes was pretty close to 5k pace. That's really good because I don't feel like I'm very conditioned right now for speed...at all. At this point I just want to stay consistent. Everyday seems to be a struggle to get out the door, mostly due to the humidity. I may be able to curve this with doing two shorter runs, but I can never get myself out the door in the morning. I've never been much of a morning runner, but daylight takings is coming up, and that means no more "late" runs so i guess now is a good time to try to transition. We'll see how that goes, I've failed miserably at it in the past. Looking forward to this next month of training, October should feel great compared to September, fitness and weather wise. Alright, happy running.

7:25pm. 76º 80%H
1:22:54 12.11m bf 1876


reachdown said...

I'm with you on morning runs... I am not a morning person. However, I have made the transition, and it is well worth it! I'm still not a morning person, but I do start (and finish sometimes) almost all of my runs pre-dawn.

You can do it, and, it's worth it. It's admittedly tough when the plan calls for a mid-work week 15 miler and you're hitting the road at 5:00 AM. But the run gets done and you don't remember getting up early during the rest of the day.

Since you can run a 3 hour marathon, you can do anything you set your mind to!

Ron said...

I have ran a few morning runs, but not lately. I think you are right though, the benefits are there, and mostly simply getting the run out of the way so I can focus on other things. And you are right, I can do it! thanks for the comment.

Gina Harris said...

Morning runs always for me! Otherwise I probably wouldn't go out.I'm SO glad fall is coming so no more hot running. You did great, Ron!

reachdown said...

I read today's post... I forgot to mention that the humidity is even more brutal early in the morning.

I usually set everything out the night before and grab about 200 calories and 8-12 oz of water just before walking out the door.

Ron said...

Gina - thanks, and sorry about your crash I'll pray for a quick recovery for you.

Reach- Last year I did okay during the fall, much easier in the morning when it cools down. Good tip on the pre-breakfast, that gives me some direction, thanks.