16 April 2006

Online Again

Yeah, I know, 4 months is a loooong break in the world of blogging. This was an experiment, anyway, so I don't feel too badly.

I've continued to run. Found that I liked running in the winter. My favourite temperature is upper 40's to lower 50's.

In the interval, I've also decided to enter a race -- the Candlelight 5k Run for Hope in Greenville, SC, 24 June -- so I've started some interval training. My goal is 21 minutes; my "Can't believe I did it" goal is 20 minutes. I'm doing the intervals on a local high school track on Saturday mornings -- 5x1km at goal pace. Let me tell you, that's hard!! In order to do a 20 minute 5k, I have to run 1:36.0 400 meter splits and, at 52, that's not a cake walk.

In 3 previous weeks (we were out of town last week, so it was the 3 weekends before that), I had done fine -- moving toward the 1:36.0 splits and did the 5x1km's and enough slower running to complete 10 km. Yesterday, I think I was a bit dehydrated and we had done yard work on Friday -- shovelling, squatting to pull weeds, etc. -- and I just couldn't do it. I got through 3x1k splits but when I got to the 4th, there just wasn't enough left. I did a 400 meter and then had to drop back. In the end, I did a total of 7.6 km and was worn out.

It was a disappointing day but I know that rotten days just happen. It was also a reminder to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Run well,