I went out for my 30 minute run this afternoon and I didn’t really do well AT ALL. I had hoped to break the 4km mark at each run but today, I couldn’t. I managed to eke out a measly 3.82 km. It’s embarrassing, I know but I just couldn’t go any faster! I think it has something to do with the heat. I swear, it was so hot, I wanted to just strip off all my clothes and jump into the ocean. It was THAT kind of hot. According to a weather website I follow on Facebook, the high today was 27C. Blooming heck! Pfft. (Of course, my sister up in Auckland runs at lunch time and her average pace is 5 minutes and about 30 seconds per kilometer – yes, I’m a sloth).
Oh well … i take solace in the fact that i still did 30 minutes of (mildly pathetic) running, which is better than no running at all.
My (pathetic) stats:
Running Time: 30 mins and 13 seconds (but if you include rest breaks, 38:47 yuck)
Distance: 3.82 kms
Average Pace: 07’52” / km
At least it’s not 08’17” / km – which was my average pace during Round the Bays.
I hope I do better tomorrow. It’s supposed to be cooler.
So today, I went out for another 30 minute run. I’m still quite unable to run the whole lot (even half non-stop, I can’t do … yet), but I honestly can feel my strides are somewhat stronger and I don’t huff and puff as much. I think my main challenge is not about overcoming physical barriers, but crossing MENTAL ones. I can feel that my body can still perform … can still run longer, but my brain is saying “Whoa! It’s hot you need to have a drink.” or “You’ve already done 12 minutes, you can now rest and walk.” So … I need to fight those. Good luck to me.
Anyway, S-Health stats:
Running Time: 30 mins 08 seconds
Distance: 4.09 km
Average Pace: 07’21” / km
I figured out the difference between Average Speed and Average Pace now. Speed is for something with wheels (like a bike), whereas average pace is for mortals such as me.
I’ll go out again tomorrow. Yes, it’ll be warm again, but I plan to prepare for the heat this time. I will drink lots of water during the day (to make sure I don’t feel dehydrated) and I will ignore the little voice in my head telling me that it’s too darn warm. I also found my armband, which is great because that means I can be hands free. Not having the phone in my hand would mean I wouldn’t be tempted to keep checking how much time I have left to complete in my “workout”.
I also plan to do just 30 minute runs this week (and I hope to be able to have an average of at least 4.20 km. After this week, I intend to go point to point – instead of by time. Which means, If I have to go longer than 30 minutes, I will. I’ve already established where my start and end points will be.
And then one day soon, I’ll be able to do 5 kms in one go again.
Wish me luck!
I ran again yesterday (wow! 2 days in a row!). Just 30 Minutes but I covered a bit more kms than the previous run. Have broken the 4km / 30 minute barrier – however, the average between the 2 runs is still below 4km (just! 3.98 if I’m not mistaken).
I’m not running tonight nor will I run tomorrow – I had a deep tissue massage and I’ve read that I should rest at least 24 hours after a deep tissue massage. I plan to run again on Sunday – perhaps do 45 minutes (I need a long run).
Running time: 30 mins 18 secs
Distance: 4.05 km
Average Speed: 07’28” / km
I really need to sort out the phone thing though. Annoying having to try to exercise with one hand holding a phone. Might have to use arm band from Monday.
PS. I probably should make a graph of some sort so I can see how I’m “tracking”
So last Sunday, I joined Wellington’s Round the Bays event. I had hoped to finish the 6.5km fun run in less time than when I did it in 2014 but – sadly, I came in a little over 2 minutes over my best time. 😦 I’m slightly gutted but I can’t blame anyone but myself really – since:
- I stopped “training” in November (when the quake hit the Capital)
- I went overseas (with my partner) for 2 weeks (didn’t run there)
- When I came back I became busy with year-end and January work changes
- Of course there was this big event on January 29
- Followed immediately by a 2-week holiday in the South Island
- and then I got sick from Thursday (16th Feb) until 2 pm after the race finished.
I guess it’s not really bad ….
Anyway – went for a 30-minute afternoon run yesterday and man it was scorching hot! According to SHealth:
Running Time: 30 mins 38 seconds
Distance: 3.91 km
Average Speed: 07’48” / km
I try not to beat myself up too much considering I haven’t been running for 2 1/2 years. It’ll take time before I get the stamina and strength again.
Hmmm … according to SHealth (again), my average on Sunday was 08’17” / km … I was faster yesterday?!
Might do another 30 minutes tonight.