First Workout Back!

So I’ve only been back at running for a little less than a week now, granted I didn’t really take that much time off. However, I’m kind of ambitious when it comes to training so I wanted to get some sort of workout in this week to allow my legs to “snap” back into it.

The workout today was a little bit of a fartlek workout. Nothing too crazy. It started out with a 2.5 mile warm up. Following this was the actual workout itself which was 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes with the rest being half the amount of the fartlek that I just did (so for 1 minute it would be 30 seconds, for 2 minutes it would be 1 minute, and so on…) Then a 2.3 mile cool down to wrap it all up (it was 2.3 miles to make it an even 10 today).

I went into this workout thinking something along the lines of “just get your legs moving, don’t worry about the paces”. If you know me, that almost never happens. I always end up getting a little too ahead of myself and one set just builds off of another and before I know it I’m going a little bit faster than I should be. Don’t get me wrong, the workout went well but the paces for each fartlek were probably not the kind of paces that I want to be going this early. This is something that I am definitely going to have to focus on learning to control in the next few months if I am really serious about doing marathons. It’s definitely key to set yourself up in a way that you are going to feel good come the second half of the workout. I don’t want to be going out in a marathon crazy fast feeling good and then come the second half just fall apart. I honestly could not think of a more miserable way to run a marathon.

Anyways, back to the workout. It was a good opener workout. The first half was faster than I wanted and that made me work harder the second half of the workout. Thankfully it was short and I was able to get through it just fine. For the actually workout portion I was 5.22 miles with an average pace of 5:42. For each fartlek itself the average paces were (in order of the fartleks…) 5:20, 5:15, 5:11, 5:08, 5:07, 5:00, 4:55, 4:40. Overall it was a good workout, I just did not run it in a very smart way. But hey, I’m happy to get some good work in.

Until next time folks.

Getting back at it

So I haven’t really posted on this blog in a while, even though I said I’d be trying to update it at least a decent amount… This is probably because I was getting through my final season of track as a student athlete. Man, what a whirlwind that was. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

But that brings me to where I am now. What’s next? Well I’ve decided that since I am no longer a collegiate athlete and don’t really have to worry about training for a “season” I can try and push my body a little harder than I’m used to. Kind of a strange mentality, isn’t it? But what I mean by all of this is that I’m going to be training from marathons for this summer, or maybe even the next year.

So that’s basically what I’ll be writing about from here on out. I’ll be recording some of my training here for anyone that wants to stop by and read it and maybe talk about some other things that I’m doing in the mean time.

So let’s get down to today’s run. Today I went for a nice and easy 8 mile run. It has been my second day back after my season has ended and after taking a few days off last week (yesterday I also went 8 miles). The distance is something that I would like to be comfortable with but seeing as I’m just starting up again, 8 miles definitely feels a little hard. But hey gotta start somewhere, right? I’d like to say it only gets easier, but seeing as I’m gonna be packing on the miles in a few weeks I don’t think that is going to be the case.

So with that all being said, until next time folks.