Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hitting my stride

My runs yesterday were intense. And yes I said runs. In an attempt to up my millage for my 50 miles in 30 days, I decided to do both of my cardio stints on the treadmill. For my "warm up" stint, I ran a 10 minute mile (with two minute warm up and five minute cool down.) I was feeling pretty good after that, so I did some ab work and stretched while I waited for the S.O. to show up. When he showed up we got back on the treadmills, and I planned on a 25 minute run with a 2 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down.

After my 2 minute warm up, i set the pace at 5.5 and off I went. Around 22 minutes I was feeling it, and somewhere in there I had to slow to a walk for 30 seconds to recover for a bit. I upped my pace again to 5.8 for a while, and then hit another wall somewhere around 24 minutes, so I walked for another 30 seconds. I did my customary sprints at the end, starting at around 25 minutes (I go to 27 to compensate for the 2 minute warm up) upping it to 6.0, then at 26 minutes upping it to 6.5 and finally upping it to 7.0 for the last 30 seconds.

Let me tell you I was completely exhausted by the end of that run. I managed to run a total of 2.52 on the second run, which put me at a respectable 3.52 total for the day. I'll be happier when I can run that strait.

Unfortunately my strength training suffered after that, as I began to develop a mild headache while doing my ab work, which had progressed by the time I finished my first set of arm exercises to pounding distraction. I did one more exercise before calling it.

I woke up this morning with a full blown migraine, took some advil and slept until it too effect. Right now I'm hydrating, drinking coffee, and hoping that the migraine is gone before I intend on heading to the gym.

What has your biggest hurdle to fitness been lately?


{cher} said...

my biggest lately has been just DOING it! i've been slacking so bad, and have only myself to blame. a lot of things have been going on, but instead of taking the frustration and stress out on the tread or at the gym, i've been curling up on the couch. i NEED to get back into the swing of things.

great job though! good luck with your goal for the month12

Anonymous said...

Wow, good for you! That's awesome.

I've TOTALLY been slacking off on the strength training during the past couple weeks. Oops.

- Sagan

Casey said...

My biggest hurdle by far is figuring out what to do with this pregnant body. Biking is helping, but I miss running so much that I can taste it. I've just got to realize that I need to get out there to exercise and not necessarily smash any records for the time being.

Good job on your steller work out!

carla said...

hows the migraine?
My hurdle is TIME but Im beginning to think some of it is CHOICE.
What Im choosing to use my time for.
Im trying to own it and take responsibility.

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