I hate the stroller.
Yep, that stroller I talked about before, the one that I was so excited to get. Yeah, that one. I hate it.
It is so heavy and hard to steer because it is misaligned. It adds a minute or two to my pace and I can’t run as long with it.
Last Wednesday while Ian was in school I decided to take Sid for a run. Not only was I slow by after two miles I had to stop. I just didn’t want to push it anymore. I was running in our neighborhood, so I went back to the house. Parked him in the grass and did sprints up and down the street in front of our house.
I love that I have the freedom to still go for a run when I just have one kid, and I probably still will….but you bet your sweet ass I’m gonna bitch about it the whole time!
So to recap my speed training last week; ran two miles with the stroller at a 11:52 min/mile pace. I ran 3.14 miles at a 10:54 pace, and 3.20 miles at a 10:42 pace. Those were on the treadmill and the distance includes my cool down time.
When I did the 3.14 miles I walked about 1/4 of a mile twice during the run. But the last one, the 3.20 miles, I didn’t walk even a 1/4 of a mile once. To me this shows that I am improving my lung function, which is making me stronger and faster.
And then there was last night. Last night I ran the first mile at 10:42 then increased the speed for the second mile to 10:31. For the 3rd mile I increased it again to a 10:21. But at the almost 3/4 mark I increased it again and again at when I had 1/10th of a mile to go. I was at just over 32 minutes when I hit 3 miles so I kept running till I got to 33 minutes, then started my cool down, for a full five minutes. My total run was 3.30 miles, I had a technical issue during the first mile that set my time back by a minute, but other than that I didn’t walk at all.
I updated my iOS for my iPhone, recently and there is a new app that Apple installs with this update. At first I was like “ugh! another Apple forced app that I don’t use but takes up space on my home screen!”
But then I opened it and found something I could use! (no, this is not an endorsement, just my opinion) It’s called Health, or referred to as Healthkit.
Some of you may already have known this, but I didn’t, the iPhone has a motion sensor (at least the 5 and higher does). This means it has a pedometer capabilities. Again, this may be old news to you, but not to me. I have been wanting to record my steps as well as my miles running. A GPS app, like Map My Run, won’t work inside my building where I work, especially in the stairwells. Now I can! This is exciting news to me, so I thought I’d share it. I can also record the flights of stairs I take each day, and it connects to Map My Run so I don’t have to record my runs twice. (It also works with Nike Fuel)
You can also record a bunch of other stuff, but the exciting thing for me is the pedometer function. Plus it has been recording all month, I saw on Sunday I took over 9,000 steps!
Just. Keep. Running.
C25K interval information can be found here
A good article about getting faster can be found here
Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year? Check out my list.