First week of the new plan

Managed to work out four times this last week, not quite the workouts planned but I did:

  1. 3 mile run on Oct 9th – Outdoors (involved some walking…)
  2. 2 mile run to a nice dinner at Hot Zushi in Haight on Oct 11th (with the girlfriend)
  3. 3 mile run on the treadmill on Oct 12th (at work)
  4. 2 mile run on the treadmill on Oct 14th (at home, Sunday night trying to get that run in!)

So, in total, I got in 10 miles of running, less than the 15 I had planned. But overall I’m happy, since I felt I would have been pushing it to do more. I also went rock climbing for the first time and got a bit of a workout out of that.

For this week, I’m hoping to get in a similar number of miles.

The new schedule

I kicked off my new schedule (see previous post) with a 3-mile run today. Or should I say “run” because I walked part of it? Again, it’s amazing how much fitness can degrade even when one is still running occasionally.

The good news is that I’m back to taking care of myself in terms of exercise. My plan is to get in a 3 mile run with intervals either tomorrow or Thursday, then do a longer run on Friday. However, given that I’m just getting back into running, I might need to reduce my mileage this week to ensure I don’t get injured — which is fine.

Gearing up for the Santa Run in just 2 months!

Intervals August 30th

This summer, the university has been renovating the parking area near the track. While I was away from running, they planted new trees, but they yet haven’t filled the root areas with dirt.

trees

Is this a liability issue?

They’ve also started to sprinkler the “grass” (which seems like synthetic wood chips for now, likely surrounding seeds?) aggressively. I was not above getting sprinkled on the way back.

sprinkler

I did 2 miles of intervals today, my standard 0.25 mile intervals. My target pace for each quarter mile is 1:30; I’m still a bit above that. I was hitting max HR during the intervals, so I feel pretty good about that.hr

Overall, I spent about 24% of my time in interval mode, and 76% of my time in recovery:pace(This breakdown is by pace, rather than heart rate, which, due to lags, doesn’t correlate well with the actual amount of time I spent in each cycle.)