Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Not a perfect execution but working hard

Today called for a 25 minute tempo run or a 2 mile tempo run, whichever came last. A tempo run should include a warmup and cooldown. So, cooldown, check. 25 minutes at tempo effort, check. Warmup...what's that?

I met a couple of people from work at Memorial Park at 5:30. One was a co-worker and regular MP runner. The other was a consultant visiting from out of town. We got to talking about running and I wanted to give her a taste of the Houston running scene. After chatting, stretching and enjoying the beautiful morning air for a few minutes, we set out. I knew the two of them ran 10-12 minute miles so I told them to feel free to go ahead. Still, not having run with them before, I thought I may be able to hang for a while. It didn't take long to realize they were closer to 11 minute pace or better so I lagged behind, keeping them in view for the first mile.

About 3 minutes into my "warmup", I looked down at the Garmin and saw that I was keeping about 12:40 pace. It felt good so I went with it. Mile 1 was 12:37. Then mile 2 was 12:21 which also put me right at 25 minutes. So, my warmup kind of got skipped altogether. I fought the urge to stop and walk at 2 miles and completed my cooldown in 13:22 pace. 2.9 miles total in a 37 minute workout. I'd say mission accomplished.

I saw lots of peeps out there that I haven't seen in a long time. It was great to see Amalia who almost got a big wet, sweaty hug. Jenny and Heather were bookin' it. And it was good to see my friend Karl who's flirting with joining the Striders.

All in all, a great morning of running. Man, I needed that!


jamoosh said...

Good for you - getting back in the groove! Looking at some of the recent comments, all I have to say is to do what is best for Vic. You understand who you are and what you need to get motivated. I know that once the Marathon Season ends for me it is hard to get up and get out there. Luckily, Houston Fit starts in July and there is nothing more motivating for me than wanting to get out there with your fellow runners every Saturday morning. Of course, it does not have to be Houston Fit, it could be any of the fine traiing programs in the area.

TX Runner Girl said...

Great run Vic! I agree with Jamoosh...there are plenty of training programs to choose from, so I have no doubt that you will find one that is right for you!

Anonymous said...

That's what I'm talking about!


barbara said...

Way to go Vic! WAY TO GO!!!

You're getting back into the groove. Seeing all the people alone probably motivated you in addition to the actual run.

Pat said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. My mileage has been up and down too. Keep on runnin' and having fun.


Anonymous said...

From what you are posting there is some good progress. Between you and sister Willy you should be looking and feeling better by the end of your bet. Remember this easy phrase and it will get you through the tough times, "Eat less, exercise more". Execution of this plan is the key. Nice job so far.