What can I say? I am still on track and in line with my training plan. Running is starting to feel a little easier, but I still feel hills pretty badly. I am also proud that I ran with the clinic this week. Definitely will try to make this a regular habit. Next week will be interesting as I will bump up my Sunday run from 12 to 15 km. Still not really a long run, but I am slowly considering the extra time on my feet.
Ran 3 loops around Mundy Park. This is was probably by honest run since I started again as I did not stop even once and pushed on the last third of the workout. It took the first loop to get into it, but after the first hills and getting my heart rate I started feeling good. The only think I noticed is that both my feet were numb during almost the full second loop. I think the shoes I am running in are a tad tight 0r I am just not used to it. Also, I felt some slight chafing in the my left groin. But I stop noticing both on the last loop. Overall a really good run and the mileage didn’t feel too hard. But I will surely feel the hills tonight and tomorrow.
Oh, I nearly stepped on a squirrel. It ran across the path in front of my and suddenly decided to stop right in front of me. I actually had to jump a little to not hurt it. First time I had this issue.
Well almost a night run. Didn’t get on the road before 8pm. Uneventful run. Started off in light rain which quickly let up. Nice and quiet on the roads and sidewalks. Good pace – it felt somewhat hard but doable. Slowly starting to get my rhythm. I might start listening to music or audiobooks again while running. But looking for good bluetooth head phones.
Simple uneventful run in the dark. Went very easy by intention. The first km was even slower than planned because the HR monitor showed higher values than reality which forced me to run slower. I am guessing that the HR contacts were too dry and therefore the conductivity was not good. Once a little sweat was built up the monitor worked just fine. Very quiet on the sidewalks, but it felt really good.
It is really good getting back to the Den. Did the Tuesday night drop in clinic with Scott’s group (8:30 min/mile). I was a little anxious going into the run, but it turned out just fine. It was a hard work out but doable. It was good to see some old running buddies again.
We essentially did 3 different length intervals along Alderside. The first interval on the way back was pretty hard and I really had to work, but overall I felt a certain familiar rhythm to the runs. It almost felt like I had never stopped doing hard work outs. I think it will be good to add one day of intensity to my build up.
Third week was still on track. Hit my distance goal easily. Pace was a little slower, but that was mainly due to my easy run on Saturday – otherwise I would have easily been < 6:00 min/km. Nice to see that my body is actually noticing a calorie deficit and accordingly I am starting to see some weight loss. I will likely lose some more until I hit my first plateau.
Otherwise this running week was fairly uneventful. I am very happy to see Amelie starting to pick up running. She did well at the cross country mini-meet and she is asking to run with me on the weekends. I hope she will find running to be passion in the future to come…
Went up to Mundy Park with the intention to run 3 loops on the perimeter trail which would have added up to 12km. Amelie wanted to come along and I thought she might be able to run 2 loops, but the long hill killed her and she was done after the first loop and wanted to go home. The run itself felt harder than I thought despite an easy pace. Perhaps the easy run took more out of me than I thought…
After dropping Amelie off at home I ran my standard route down to Alderside and back. Pace was pretty good, but I did feel the distance a little more than I anticipated. But overall a good running day.
Technically, this was only a partial month of running as I started on Sep 11. Nonetheless, I do notice that my body is slowly getting used on the exercise again and that my weight is starting to trend down. Still a very long to go, but the last three weeks have been encouraging. I am happy that I started off again. Now, just stay with it and start setting some race goals. Perhaps I will do a 5K in November…
Goals for October:
- no injuries
- average weight around 101 kg
- run 172 kms
- average pace < 6:10 min/km
- improve my easy run pace
Last run of the month… And I made a short experiment. I forced myself to average my heart rate to no higher than 140bpm. This meant I needed to walk twice on the way back as I was not able to run so slow to hit that target. This is a really good measure of fitness (which is very low 🙁 The average pace for these 6km was 7:15min/km. I hope that over the next few months I will be able to drastically lower that pace for easy runs.
I enjoyed running in the rain today. Much less people on the trail. In sunshine it would have been packed. And as I was running so slow, I hardly felt any effort for this run. Tomorrow I want to go 12km, so it is good I went for easy one today.
10 days running in a row without more then a day’s break. A small milestone, but I should not get ahead myself. I still have around 4 weeks of consistent running ahead of me until I hit my zone…
Bumped into Scott W. at Rocky Point. He was looking good and it was good to see him running. I am actually more inspired to go to Tuesday night workouts at the Den. Perhaps in a few weeks. Also starting to debate with himself whether I should do the marathon clinic for next year’s BMO. The on the last km I ran into Gita who had just been taking the dogs to the park. These evening runs are starting to get social 😉