The question is: will this make me faster?

Ankeny,IA 
Today
Sunny High 79FLow 62F
  • Temp: 75F
  • Hum: 54%
  • W: 7mph W
WEDNESDAY
Light rain shower
High 85F
Low 71F
THURSDAY
Sunny
High 89F
Low 61F
FRIDAY
Partly Cloudy
High 69F
Low 52F
SATURDAY
Sunny
High 73F
Low 48F

Monday - September 17

Run
  • 29m 16s
  • 4.10 miles
  • 07m 08s /Mi
This was supposed to be an easy jog around the neighborhood tonight. And it was for the first 3.1 miles. When I got a mile from my house, I decided to turn it up and ran the last mile in 6:16. I have a hard time resisting the urge to go faster when I feel like I can. I'm planning to get up early tomorrow to ride. We'll see how that goes.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 2 Overall Workout: 3

Sunday - September 16

Run
  • 1h 13m 47s
  • 10.00 miles
  • 07m 23s /Mi
Stretching out the miles again today. I can't ask for anything better from the weather - it was actually a little chilly when I started at 6:15 (45), but once the sun started to rise it warmed up to around 50 or so by the end. I did 3 laps on my 3.2 mile course that I run around the neighborhood. I thought this would be helpful so I could check some splits. I've run it enough that I know about where each mile ends, and even 10ths of a mile (roughly), so here are my splits: 1st lap - 23:47 2nd lap - 24:13 3rd lap - 23:10 last 0.4 - 2:37 By mile: 1 - 7:11 2 - 7:31 3 - 7:36 4 - 7:23 5 - 7:32 6 - 7:28 7 - 7:47 8 - 7:26 9 - 7:02 10 - 6:49 It was a pretty steady effort all the way through. The variance in the first 8 miles is just due to either going up or down the hills on the route. I did kick it up a notch for the last mile and a half, so that's why the last 2 splits are quicker. I felt like I had plenty left in the tank when I was done. I think I'm ready for the 1/2 marathon right now. I will continue to train for the next month to optimize my performance, but I know I could have continued today's run for another 3.1 if the race was today.

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 3 Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 2 Overall Workout: 5

Saturday - September 15

I had to work today, so this worked out well as a rest day for the long run scheduled for tomorrow morning.

  • Health data: Sleep: 1 Stress: 2 Soreness: 3 Sick: 2

Friday - September 14

Run
  • 25m 27s
  • 4.00 miles
  • 06m 22s /Mi
Daddy night at our house, as Anisa was at her girls' night out. This means run on the treadmill, or don't run. So, with the trend of the week, I ran hard on the treadmill. I started out at 9 MPH, and gradually worked my way up - 9.3, 9.5, 9.8, 10. Splits were 6:32, 6:27, 6:19, 6:09. My time at 5K was 19:55. But if I work backward for the last 5K, it was 19:34. I mention the 5K times because I'm considering doing the Beaverfest 5K next weekend instead of the Ankeny 10K. The Beaverfest Run is kind of a big deal (usually > 500 runners), while the 10K in Ankeny is usually only 30-40. There is also a 5K in Ankeny, which draws maybe 40-50 (the two runs in Ankeny are at the same time). I'm thinking I could do 19:30 with a warmup and competition, and only going 3.1 instead of 4 miles, but adding some time for the more difficult road running vs. treadmill. That would have been good for 24th place out of 522 last year.

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 3 Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 1 Sick: 2 Overall Workout: 5

Thursday - September 13

Run
  • 42m 38s
  • 6.20 miles
  • 06m 53s /Mi
Due to Tuesday's results, I decided to push it hard for a 10K today. I was really getting after it, and the results bore that out. I hadn't broken 44 for a 10K yet, and today I broke 43. I was running hard enough for the last 1.5 miles that I had a negative split: 21:36 and 21:02. Boy, was I spent when I was done, but that's OK. Another perfect day for a run - 55 degrees and light wind at 6:15 AM when I started.

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 2 Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 1 Sick: 2 Overall Workout: 5

Wednesday - September 12

Bike
  • 1h 09m 36s
  • 24.80 miles
  • 21.38 Mi/hr
Sport
  • Walking
  • 25m

Finshed mowing the frontyard this morning.

I tried swapping out my uncomfortable seat for my comfy seat to see if that made the ride more pleasant. It didn't. I think it's just the posture of the bike. I switched the seat back after I was done. I was originally going to try to do about 35 miles today, but it was a struggle just to get to 24.8. Note to self for the future: I'm not sure that I had the seat positioned optimally. If I try this again, I need to lower the seat more, and slide it back farther. Perhaps this would make a difference.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 5 Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 2 Overall Workout: 3

Tuesday - September 11

Run
  • 34m 04s
  • 5.00 miles
  • 06m 49s /Mi
Sport
  • Walking
  • 45m

Mowed the backyard today. Frontyard will have to wait until tomorrow, as it is getting dark earlier. That is the part of fall that I don't like so much.

Another great morning for a run - 55 degrees, light wind. I was pushing pretty hard today, but still under control. I didn't feel too tired at the end. This is the longest I've run at sub-7-minute pace, probably ever.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 2 Sick: 2 Overall Workout: 5

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