Yesterday I started my 18 week training plan for Boston. Since I am going to Miami for New Year's and then on a cruise for a week, I decided to do my long run on Monday, so that I can focus on spending time with the family over the weekend. Fortunately, I only had 13 miles @8:09 today and the temps were mild (30s). Recently I changed my Garmin setting and am able to see each mile pace, rather than only the average. I am not sure if I like it. My pace is all over the place. I think a lot of this has to do with the terrain (flats, rolling hills, etc), but still, somehow I was under the impression that I know how to run even splits. Hmm...nope!
Here are the stats for the long run:
13 miles @ 7:57 plus .5 mile cool down = 13.5 miles
Mile 1: 8:02
Mile 2: 7:57
Mile 3: 8:00
Mile 4: 8:01
Mile 5: 7:54
Mile 6: 7:59
Mile 7: 8:57 - this is where I stopped to give directions, and forgot to turn the Garmin off! Oops!
Mile 8: 7:36 - trying to make up for mile 7
Mile 9: 7:40
Mile 10: 7:55
Mile 11: 7:58
Mile 12: 7:49
Mile 13: 7:27
Today I had a 5 mile recovery run. During the recovery runs I try to keep the pace slower than 8:45. It is hard. I use these runs to focus on form, and ironically I end up going faster than I want to. The route for my Tuesday run is a 3 mile on a v slight downhill, one mile on a slight uphill, and one mile with huge hills and almost no downhill at the end. I try to run this last mile faster but not all out, although today, with the chilly temps and the strong wind it felt like I was going all out!
5 miles @ 8:44 with mile 5 @ 8:18.
It's so nice to be training again, although I have to confess that I am having a love affair with swimming! I am getting better and better and am developing some serious arm/shoulder muscles, which I am loving! Can't wait to swim every day during my upcoming trip!
Someone asked me about the podcasts I like to listen to while running. Here are my favorites, which you can get for free via I-tunes.
National Public Radio podcasts:
1. This American Life (weekly) - 60 min podcasts on various topics. I never miss any!
2. On Point (daily) - 60 min podcast about anything and everything, from music to politics. I am never disappointed, even when it first appears that the topic is not interesting.
3. Science Friday (weekly) - 45 min podcast about various science or health issues. Some are over my head or not of interest. I download only the episodes that look interesting to me.
4. Your health (weekly) - 15-20 min podcasts about health issues and medical discoveries.
5. Wait, wait, don't tell me (weekly) - v funny game show based on weekly political events.
1. Run, run , live 2.0 (weekly) - 60 min, v funny, somewhat informative podcast that makes a long run seem shorted.
2. Runners Round Table (weekly) - 60 min podcast discussion with 6-10 runners on various topics. Boring at times, great for beginners.
Give them a try! They are awesome on recovery or long runs!
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