Week 6, Day 2 – KABLAM! :)

A previous best non-stop run of 7 minutes 30 seconds was shattered today with a non-stop run of 16 minutes and 8 seconds!  YeeHaw!  🙂  My text message shout out today included the following quote from Dante.

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Naturally, it’s not raining a drop outside right now but there was a steady rain all morning.  It wasn’t too bad, just a constant drizzle so, I finally made the trek out and finally ended up at the park to get in my training run.  It’s funny, this morning, faced with the task I had on my plate …I really didn’t want to do any of the things on my list.  Some days can be like that, I suppose.

I think the new songs I downloaded and put no my phone helped.  It helped as a distraction from the running and, as long as the music was playing, I could not year any of my labored breathing.

Divergence!  
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I thought the first picture I was going to take and post would be of the path from the 0.9 to the 1.0 mile marker which is a nice straight away and goes on for nearly another tenth of a mile before turning but, I was much more excited about this road which is adjacent to the park.  The building on the left is used by the city and the very nice park is to the right.  Actually, to the right of this road is a nice lake with a fountain in the middle of it.  The lake is flanked by mile markers 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 then a nice gentle incline to 0.6 🙂  There are many Canada geese which inhabit the park as well as many, many turtles.

Breaking off the path!  The first time I ran for an hour non-stop is when I broke off from this path at Long Acre Park and ventured into nearby neighborhoods.  That was 20 years ago and I’ve never forgotten about it.  I even remember the neighborhood where I ran 🙂

Generally speaking and especially for now while I’m building up a base and conditioning, I’ll go to this same park, over and over and over again.  There are a couple things I keep in mind with this pursuit.  One is something I read a long time ago and one thing is something I read just last week which is

“Manhood is Patience, Mastery is Nine Times Patience.”

and, from a long time ago, I recall, ” ’tis the good reader that makes the good book”

The quote about the good reader making the good book has to do with the person reading the book and what thoughts, experiences and memories that person is able to bring to the book.  This might be the same path over and over again but, it is patience and persistence.  I also can learn new things each time I go, both about myself and the park.  Today I learned that while the path from 0.5 to 0.6 is on an incline in one direction, the road that runs parallel to it has it’s incline in the opposite direction.  I also found a new plaque last week that I never noticed before.  Mainly though, there’s a lot of learning to do about oneself.

I think the biggest thing I did which probably helped this run out the most was to take yesterday off from working and there were no lawns cut prior to this run either.  I did read a little bit after the run but, it wasn’t from a radiology book.  I’ll have to get on that.  Right now that upcoming exam in September can easily seem to fall into the Steven Covey category of important but not urgent.  I need to make it more urgent and start getting some real work done.  I suppose Pre’s quote can apply to school, learning and education just as well as it does to running.  😉

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Week 6 Day 1 – BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! (4 PRs) :)

A long time ago I read that on days when Olympic athletes set new records that they don’t necessarily feel they are at their best prior to their event.  That’s something else I had forgotten about but was jogged out of the cobwebbed recesses of my mind this morning’s training run.

On one hand, I know my numbers are laughable by any real runner’s standards.  I know my brother could bury these numbers with half effort but… I have to deal with me and where I’m at.  This is another thing that guy at the Nashville Expo talked about.  When he asked what time people were expecting to finish the race in.  He said a lot of people would mention prior runs or PR’s and… I can relate.  He spent some time talking about acknowledging what can be done NOW.  Today.

The excitement in my head stems from that fact that I’m beginning to give birth to a belief.  Considering I’ll ultimately need to believe I can run an entire marathon then the doc in me thinks I’ll need to be multiparous (multiple births) 🙂

I’ve been holding at 4o minutes total training time per my schedule for 7 workouts now and have been wanting to see a distance of 3 miles covered.  I finally hit 3.01 today, with my highest average speed of 4.5 mph, also had my highest average per mile pace of 13:12 and my fastest mile of 12:50.

I actually had progressively faster miles with 1st, 2nd & 3rd miles of 13:46, 13:15 and 12:50 🙂  …Reverse Splits!  🙂

The program I’m following is a 26 week program and I’m 4 weeks ahead in the program which is a darn good thing because I still think I’m going to need some extra time to get to Week 7 of the program which starts out with 20 minutes of solid running.  I’m getting closer and need to stick with what I’m doing and what’s working.  There’s only so much and so fast I can cajole this body into transforming itself into a running machine.

Unless there is some massive change in my running and I all of a sudden start running non-stop, I will need some extra weeks of training and conditioning.  I figure I’ll put the next week at 40 minutes run/walk with my 5 min warm up.  Might keep the 45 min run/walk up for two weeks then jump it to 50 min run/walk for two weeks.

A little more aggressive might be to take the next 4 weeks (if needed) to 45, 50, 55, 60 minutes 4 days per week.  Maybe not so aggressive since those times still adhere pretty well to the 10% rule.

I have become much more of a stretching machine and have especially been working on my right piriformis muscle.

I’m looking forward to a lot.  The first non-stop 1 mile run.  The first time around the 1.5 mile path at the park non-stop.  The first 1 hour of running non-stop.  Looking forward to four 20 minute non-stop runs for the week.  Looking forward to the long runs on the weekends.  Hmmm, 20 years ago there were no smart phones and I would have to take my car out the night before and drive a path for my long runs.  🙂

That run coming up – The full marathon in Wynne, Arkansas – it’s not a big run and there may only be 500 marathoners total but, this is a personal thing.  There is a masonic type meme I ran across recently that says something about people who shine from the inside don’t need the spotlight.

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I like that 12:50 mile time.  My average pace last month was 16:40 per mile.  We’re moving in the right direction 🙂

I just want to keep running longer and faster.

I usually add a quote to a text I send my brother w/ a screenshot of my run.  I added Steve Prefontaine’s quote today, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”  good stuff 🙂

oh yeah – I’ve got a start on my Music Tab and augmented my playlist with an extra 30 songs.  🙂 🙂 🙂