Month #2

October 2017

  Distance (km)
Pace (min/km)
Weight (kg)
Average HR (bpm)
VO2 Max (mL/kg/min)
September 72 6:15 102.7 150 45
October 172 5:43 101.0 149 50

First full month of running! I hit all my targets I set out last month. I guess hitting targets is very easy when starting to run (again). You start off at a fairly low point and progress very quickly in the first 6 weeks, so there are no real surprises. Nonetheless it is nice to look at the progression as they actually quantify the changes. Overall I am very happy on how October turned out for me…

Goals for November:

  • no injuries
  • average weight around 99.5 kg
  • run 226 kms
  • average pace < 5:40 min/km
  • race a short distance (perhaps with Amelie)

Day #30

8 km mid day run

Had to let off some steam today as Amelie spent the previous day in the hospital due to strong stomach aches. If felt good to get out during the week at day time. Very little traffic on the trails and beautiful – I guess everybody was home prepping for Halloween. The run itself was very uneventful. Felt fairly hard and strenuous, perhaps due to the lack of sleep in the last couple of days.

Week #7

Distance Pace Weight
Last week 39.3 km 5:47 min/km 101.1 kg
This week 42 km 5:35 min/km 100.4 kg

Highlights of this week:

  • Longer runs are getting faster. My second 15km was faster and a lower heartrate than 2 weeks ago
  • Intervals with the 5:00 group at the Den are still very hard
  • My runs “feel” slower, but really are not

I think I will consider joining the Marathon clinic from the Den. That will give force my Thursday and Sunday workouts. Also, I am starting to think about in which races I would like to participate. Definitely I would like to run the First Half, but I think I might some shorter 5K – 10K in January thru April to get a feel where I stand with my fitness. It seems like the Lower Mainland Running Series has been renamed to “Super Series”. I need to keep an eye on this Series…

Day #29

15 km mid day run

This was pretty good. Today’s pace was 10 sec faster per km than 2 weeks ago on exact the same route, but even more important I dropped 7 bpm of my heart rate (156 -> 149). The first half felt very easy and much slower than I was actually running. On the last third I got too ambitious (again) and started pushing myself so I would get a sub 5:30 min/km pace. Not sure whether this was a good idea, but I pulled it off. Pretty warm today – single T-shirt weather will soon be over I guess. Tomorrow I will put in an easy run as Tuesday is Halloween and there is no clinic that day. With tomorrow’s run it will have run 5 days in a row. Haven’t done that in a really long time. I do feel that my legs are getting tired, but I think I can another easy one tomorrow.

Day #27

8 km medium night run

This one was fast! Three sub 5 min/km segments and an overall pace of 5:08 min/km. I felt like I was flying at time. After nearly 7 weeks of running this was the first time I had moments where I felt really comfortable and my feet found their way themselves. I hope I have many more of these runs. Tomorrow after German School I will do a very short 5 km easy run as recovery before I go long on Sunday.


Day #25

7 km intervals with the Den

The overall pace of 5:52 min/km belies the actual effort and work for this workout. We ran 4x 30s, 4x 60s, 4x 30s, 4x 60s and 4x 30s intervals on a straight at good anaerobic pace. Again, like last week, I felt my low fitness level, especially compared to the other runners. So, it was very painful to run in this group. But it did feel good to able to complete the workout in one piece.

Weather was fantastic tonight. A beautiful balmy Fall evening – almost too warm 😉

Week #6

Distance Pace Weight
Last week 36.9 km 5:39 min/km 101 kg
This week 39.3 km 5:47 min/km 101.1 kg

Highlights of this week:

  • First real long run putting 100+ min run under my belt
  • Survived first hills workout with the Den
  • My “easy” runs are getting pretty fast

On paper the numbers don’t look that great as they seem to indicate that I did not lose any weight and that I actually slowed down in my average pace. The pace was really dragged down by the Tuesday hills workout and weight wise I do not care too much as I am feeling very good.

The 6 week mark always felt kind of important as this is usually the point where I start feeling comfortable running. Where it is not hard getting out of the door and I know I can any distance if I adjust my pace accordingly. And yes, all the this things are starting to come together again. Now, the challenge is to stay on the wagon as long as possible. It is time to start planning some races…

Day #24

18 km midday long run

My first “real” long run in the sense that it was longer than 90 mins or longer than 15km. 18km seemed a little daunting at first, but then I started finding my rhythm and I wasn’t worried too much about the distance, but rather the pace. I was aiming to run the whole distance at around 5:50 min/km, but of course I went too fast, especially on the way out, so I finally ended up with 5:36 min/km which was slightly faster than last Sunday’s 15km run.

The run itself felt good and I actually caught a phase where it felt really easy (on the first few kilometers coming back from Hyde Creek) – I guess the endorphins kicked in 😉 I was pretty dead when I finally got back home and I had no immediate opportunity to put up my legs, but it was really well worth it. I know that these runs will make be much stronger.