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Running Log ~ Oct. 9th

Speed Training

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!

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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!

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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.

Dawn Marie


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Running Log ~ Sept. 30th

Speed Training

After my half marathon I realized I need to work on my speed.

I haven’t really gotten below a 11:30 min/mile since I got sick in June and mostly I maintain a 12 min/mile.  I am OK with what I have been running, but I need to pick it up.  Now, I’m not looking to run a 6 min/mile (yet…) but training to run faster will help me in the long runs. (yep. pun intended. you’re welcome)

The major reason I want to increase my speed is to increase my VO2 max.  When I can increase the amount of oxygen uptake to my muscles, I can run longer.

Better than I was

Do I have a speed training plan?

Nope not yet.  I am looking into it, doing some research.  My cousin goes to a weekly running training group with a coach, but I don’t got time for that!  I will figure out a plan that works for me. Don’t worry, I’m sure I will tell you all about it.

Right now I am going to start small.  I have a goal for my 5k in November.  I am actually running two races in November, a  5k and a 12k.  I want to run the 5k in 30 minutes, that is a 10 min/mile.  I have six weeks to get there.

Yesterday I decided I had to get back to the treadmill.  I don’t have an awesome pace watch like a Garmin, and I can’t accurately judge my pace when road running.  Plus I find that I will push myself (pace wise) on a treadmill, because I have set the pace, and the belt is moving.

Last night I set my pace to just under 11 min/miles (5.5 mph treadmill setting) and ran for a mile.  I then walked, at semi-fast pace, for half a mile.  I picked up the pace and ran again for one mile only slightly faster, 10:46 min/mile (5.6 mph), then walked again for the last half mile.

With my warm up (which was a slow walk because I was looking for a show to watch) and my cool down, I ran a total of 3.14 miles in 42.28 minutes.  The cool down and warm up portions added up to about 6 of those minutes.  Next time I will keep better track of the actual times, so I know how long it really took me.

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This plan is all fine and good if I am only going to run 3 miles, but next year I want to run 26.2!  Which is why I am going to figure out a long-term speed plan, and incorporate it into my marathon training.

I will get faster. I will run longer. I will run.



Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

Mommy Marathon Training Program information can be found here

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie


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