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A mile is better than nothing, right?

That’s my motto lately…

Yesterday I got up early for physical therapy (which I’m going to stop since I found out it’s a FORTUNE here!  It makes no sense since the doctor’s appt was so cheap!), then it was into weight lifting – yep, still using the book and been pretty good at maintaining the 3x a week schedule, let’s hope it continues like that.

I was exhausted once I was done, and didn’t have much free time until it was time to leave to pick Karl up from work so we could go to our diving classes.

But a mile is still better than nothing, so I jumped on the treadmill!

I ran the fist 3/4 of a mile at a 11:45 pace, but increased it considerably on the last quarter of a mile, finishing at a 6:30 pace for the last 0.15 of a mile.  (All with no elevation, per doctor’s orders, so I know that’s not a true outside speed.)  All together, I was able to complete a mile in exactly 10 minutes – not a big feat by any means, but it does show how I compensated the lack of speed during that last quarter of a mile, since I cut 1:45 of the predicted finish time by sprinting then.

I was sweaty and tired, but happy to have done at least something.

I ran with these shoes the whole time…

…but then at night the ball of my right foot was very sore – as if it was bruised.  Maybe I came down too hard on the sprints since I usually wear the Five Fingers during a slow mile? 

Who knows?  But I’m taking a break from them until at least the end of the week to be on the safe side.

As for my treadmill video, I used the snow skiing one, and though it was ok, it was only 7:40 minutes long, so definitely not one to use for longer distances!


Filed under Five Fingers, Injury, Treadmill Run, Weightlifting

Day 1: Couch to 5k!

Wait, what?

Yep, you read that right…  On Friday, I hopped on the treadmill and completed Day 1 of the Couch to 5k program.

But hold on…  Didn’t I run a marathon (well, two marathons) a little over 6 months ago?  Two half marathons this year?  A 10 miler just last month?

Well, yes.

So why the hell am I doing a program so I can run a 5k, when I CAN actually run a 5k (and more!) already?

Go look at my times.  Not so good, right?  Compare my half marathon time this year, with my best time last year.  Or my 10 miler time this year, with the one last year

My times are actually getting slower!  Sure, there’s injury and weight gain to blame, but how does one get out of a funk, when it’s not like I have another marathon planned for 2011 (I don’t even know how I’d run a 20 miler training run in Manila!), since it was the loooong runs after all, that made my shorter runs faster?

So I had considered the idea in the past, but read that Tyly is successfully doing it, and since I’m bored on the treadmill anyway, why not try it?

Try what exactly?  Well, the Couch to 5k program, but not to achieve a 5k distance, but to be able to run a FASTER 5k, and hopefully other distances as well.   After all, at the end of the day, it’s just an interval workout, isn’t it?

So instead of going to the treadmill and doing 3 miles at a steady pace, I hopped on, knowing I only had 20 minutes to complete (plus a 5 minute warm up/cool down walk).  Day 1 requires alternating 60 seconds of running with 90 of walking.  I can do ANYTHING for 60 seconds!

I put the incline to a 0.5, and chose to do walk at the “4” level (or a 15 min/mile), and run at the 6.5 level (somewhere around a 9:20 pace, check out this helpful chart if you’re running on the treadmill).  Turns out I wasn’t even tired towards the end, so my second to last interval was done at a 7 (8:40ish pace), which I could tell would be too much to try to pull it off for every interval, and though I started my last running interval also at a 7, I changed it to 8.5 (7:15ish) for the last 30 seconds.

Lessons learned?  6.5 is too slow for such short intervals, but 7 might be too fast to be able to keep up, specially after I start increasing the interval times.  Next time, I’m trying at 6.7 (9:10ish), as a happy medium, and hopefully is challenging enough, without being impossible.  I mean, my best 5k time is around that pace anyway.

Also?  Thinking of your treadmill times in 60 and 90 seconds makes the time go by MUCH faster, and for once I didn’t want to stab myself repeatedly in the eyes out of pure boredom.

This might just help in making me faster…  And I figured it might be the perfect opportunity to try to get used to these shoes I bought ages ago, and hope they’ll also help with my tendency to injure myself while running (yes, my plantar fasciitis has been flaring up, and though I brought my ultrasound machine with me, I packed the gel with the rest of my move.  Not too smart…).

I’ll be posting updates!  And yes, I’m looking forward to running 3 times a week again!  And hopefully it’ll help put me back down to my marathon training weight?  I’m at least 15lbs heavier than I was 6 months ago.  *sigh*


Filed under Five Fingers, Treadmill Run

Second Run in Manila!

I know, I know…  I’ve been here two full weeks as of Thursday night, and I only got two runs in?  No injuries this time, just plain bad planning, and admittedly, some laziness…

I swam on Wednesday, and went a kilometer this time, no energy to go a full mile.  Plus, I need to buy a new one of these, since I packed mine in the regular move — ooops!

I really have a hard time of keeping count without it.  I daydream when I’m swimming…

Anyway, finally on Thursday, I put on my running clothes as soon as I woke up, to force me to get out there.  My plan was to run to the Mall of Asia and back. I had to leave the house at 4pm for a Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour at the Marine House at the Embassy, so I knew I didn’t have all afternoon to do it.  Not knowing if the heat would take a beating on me forcing me to take walk breaks, I really wanted to give myself enough time, plus also allowing me to buy a water there if needed.

Finally, laziness won out…  And instead of running to the Mall of Asia, I went the 100 feet out of my door to the treadmill.  How bad could the treadmill be, right?  (Apparently I have short term memory loss…)

I brought my Five Fingers shoes with me — the first time in a run after almost a year! — and did half a mile with them, before switching to my regular running shoes for another 2.5 miles.  (The one advantage of the treadmill — no need to carry stuff with me.)

Just like the first time, it was grueling.  I don’t know how people can go for miles on end on a treadmill.  It’s all mental for me, I know, but heck, it’s boring.  Then to make the mileage go faster, I forced myself to do sprints at a 7 min/mile pace (only for a tenth of a mile or so each time), which means I was also tired.  Then the hip started hurting again (WTF?).

All in all, I finished the 3 miles, but hated every minute of it.  Next time?  I better get my butt out there and run outside.  It’s overdue.

Today my calves are super sore, blame it on the Five Fingers!

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A break from running

With all the weird aches and pains I’ve been getting lately, I decided to take a (very short) break from running.

My right foot still hurt, then my right hip started to hurt (I can still feel it today, even though my last run was on Sunday), and then my right knee started hurting (never had knee pain before!) during the last 5 miles of the Cherry Blossom.  See a trend?  Seems like because of one thing, my body somewhat compensated, now I’m all sorts of screwed up.

Karl and I are going to an “engaged encounter” this weekend (to apparently cry and talk about our feelings — ah, the joys of getting married in a Catholic church!), so there was no running planned for this weekend anyway.

I really want to get myself used to the Vibram Five Fingers, since they’re supposed to help with all these issues, but with my next half  marathon a month and a half away, I can’t really just ease myself into anything.

So next week, I’ll be playing it by ear…  If there’s no pain, I’m going out for short (and I mean really short) runs with the Five Fingers.  How short?  Maybe an as-fast-as-I-can-run mile (maybe I can try to keep up with Karl for a mile?), or a fast two miler.  Then I’ll see if I’m ready for my long run on Saturday.  If not, I’ll also do something short, until I get back into the full swing of things, back to training the following week.

I have so much free time now that I’m not running.  I don’t know what to do with myself!


Filed under Five Fingers, Random