Last week, I switched a few days around on my training and actually ran my mile Friday. After not running for several years and then running for the third time in a week, the mile was insanely difficult (I ran a fast 3/4 on Monday and a slower 1.5 on Thurs). Anyway, Friday I felt as if I was running in a foot of water. But that will change once I get conditioned to actually running again.
One other note I’d like to add is that I AM running in my Vibram Five Fingers. Not a huge deal, because I have always been a toe runner, so this changes nothing for me as far as my form.
This morning was only scheduled for a 1/2 mile. I wanted to see how close I could get to 3:15, and I actually was able to break that time and did a 3:06. I know that sounds terribly slow, but I really haven’t ran anything other than sprints in over 7 years (50lbs ago). Not bad considered I did 10 sets of heavy squats and 8 sets of heavy front squats yesterday!
Again, I am doing this for time only. I stay considerably lean and I focus on nutrition for fat loss, not added cardio (scan the blog, I discuss why personal trainers don’t understand this philosophy often). But then again, most personal trainers don’t know which ocean borders California, how many states there are in the US, nor their right from their left. Harsh, but sadly, true.
Anyway, Thursday will be my “over-reach” run where I try to improve on my pace from last week, and Saturday will be my first actual TIMED mile (since the first one). Can’t wait to see exactly where I am!