Saturday, February 26, 2011

Long run

So I'm reading one of the running books on how to get moving in the running world, ie increase miles, stamina, ect...

Anyways my schedule is Saturday is my long run. Easy pace, aim for an hour. Build up to it. Sunday will be the rest day, Monday longish easy run like 45 min, Tues through Fri are the speed and hills days.

Today I went in thinking I would probably be able to handle 4 miles. I hadn't done it yet, but with yesterday being so awesome I've been feeling good! I was actually really excited last night to see how far I could go.

So I hit the gym, and do the first 30 minutes at a 6 mph. Easy, but not the super easy. I didn't hit the wall at all. I never really even thought about when I could stop. It helps to be looking farther ahead instead of counting down the minutes.

When I hit 30 I walked for a minute and reset the machine at 5.5. That's a really easy pace for me. I wanted to just see how far I could go on it. And..... I went another 3 miles! Yeah! Total of 64 minutes. I never hit a wall. Never felt awful. If it wasn't for my left knee getting sore I could have gone for way longer! Woo hoo!

So now I am icing my knees. And hoping that this really is the beginning of some real running. What an awesome day.

Ran 6 miles 64 minutes

1 comment:

  1. Wow, really great! Generally a rule of thumb is not to increase your mileage more than 10% a week. That should keep you from getting injured and doing too much too fast! Yeah for icing!