Wednesday, July 6, 2011
So that got me thinking. What the heck? I have been running regularly (on a schedule even). Miles and miles. And yet my times arent even close. Is it because the weather is warmer than it was at those times? Is it just that I lost some of my pizaaaz along the way? Am I not pushing myself hard enough to improve? I decided that on my optional two mile run days (once a week) that I will work on speed. Then it dawned on me that maybe I should use my treadmill to ensure that I am keeping a consistent speed and really pushing myself. I guess I just figured that all these miles that I am building would increase my speed but I guess not. Tonight on the treadmill I set it at 6mph (10 min /mile) and told myself I would do my 2 miles at that speed. What a difference at this speed. I burned 300 calories for two miles. I even did 8 mph for the last minute! I was sweating like crazy. It was drippiing off of me onto the treadmill. Ewww...yet so exciting at the same time! I had pushed myself and it felt good even though I was really struggling during it. Like I always say... no matter how I feel during a run I always feel great after! Here is a picture of me (Kelly style) after my two miles.
Having said that...I have been reading my running books and because this is my first half marathon I should only be focusing on finishing and not on speed. So as for my long runs I will do them at a very comfortable pace. Plus, I want running to be enjoyable most of the time. Most of the info I have read actually suggests you run slower than your normal pace on a long run. Interesting.
It seems that I have lost a follower. This happens now and then and thats fine. But I joked to myself that maybe it was because there was another ice cream lover out there who was in denial about my post yesterday! hehe. I tell you, I am still heartbroken having learned how many calories are in one of my favorite things :(
Posted by Jennifer at 9:40 PM