Friday, July 28, 2006

Much better

Per coach Steeve's advice and acting on the wisdom of runner/blogger/superwoman Barbara, I incorporated a warmup and cooldown into my workout today. So, it went something like this:

.25 mile brisk walk
.25 mile brisker walk/jog
30 minute easy run (the actual workout)
~.4 mile walk to the car

The fun thing about this is now I get to go all the way around the Memorial Park loop. I really enjoy that for some reason. I like the back stretch, facing east, towards downtown, as the sun is coming up. I love the cars whiizzzzing by with the occasional whoooosh of a Metro bus. Today, I looked across the street, where the Strider's water stop is on the Houston marathon course. I visualized how awesome it's going to be one day to be running through there, taking in the enthusiasm and energy of the Strider nation.

I felt the warmup added to my workout and my splits were more consistent. I felt "settled in" from minute 1 and kept a consistent effort for the entire 30 minutes. Mile 1 was still a bit faster than 2 but more consistent than previous workouts. I could probably still ease off a little during the first 3-5 minutes of the workout. I really felt good the last 10 minutes or so of the run.

Venue: Memorial Park
Total time: 30:01
Total distance: 2.01 miles
Average HR: 155 bpm
Average pace: 14:56
Mile 1 - 14:43
Mile 2 - 15:09
da change (.01 miles) - 0:10
calories burned (according to Polar) - 517

God bless!!!!


Anonymous said...


Very cool, nicely done. Wait, maybe not "very cool". How about "hot stuff"? Anyway, fine workout, keep up the good work.


Barbara said...

I love all the sound effects (in my mind) that I got from your post.

Maybe I'll run with my cape tomorrow! Bummer; your blog won't let me post a picture of myself that's on wikipedia. Here's the URL though -

Vic said...

Hubba, hubba, superBarb!!!

Lisa said...

Looks like a great run! :)

JustJunebug said...

way to go vic!!! just wait till you run OUT of the park and TOWARDS downtown. you will be doing it soon enough!!

TX Runner Girl said...

Great post! Sounds like a great are doing so well!