Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wednesday Good Run But Tired

I was out of bed just before 4 am this morning and we were running by 4:45. We again did a bit of a slow pace, but that is ok with me at least until I get some base rebuilt. We did 4.21 miles at an 14:14/mile pace. I'll be running alone Friday morning so will see how that goes. I'm hoping to hit closer to 5 miles in 60 minutes or preferably less. After running this morning though I have been out of it all day, I ate a grilled chicken chef salad at lunch, but have been on the verge of closing my eyes and sleeping all day. I finally did just that when I got home and napped for about 45 minutes before our church group meeting tonight. The doorbell apparently even rang and I didn't hear it! I'm more awake now in time to go to bed, my eyes are still a bit scratchy, so I'm wondering if I found an allergy this morning, maybe the cottonwoods.

Thanks to all about the comments on my new photo, it's one from the HM that Bonnie took, actually my daughter took it.

Oh OH some good news about the run this morning was that at that pace I kept my heart rate to an average of 129...and a max of 149...new lows for me. I know it will be higher on Friday but maybe I'm finally building a bit of endurance and will see it slowing a bit for me as I get more accustomed to running.

12 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the run. But 4:45 am? That is craziness! Just kiddin.

Nikki said...

I have to whole heartedly agree with Teacherwoman...4:45!!!! Are you nutz? ;)

I'm glad you somewhat enjoyed it and had a partner to agoniz with you :p

Thanks for checking on the ironman for me :)

Neese said...

I know sometimes you gotta get up early to fit things in the schedule, but being awake during the day IS important! hope you find your balance! :)

Marcy said...

Whooooaaaaa Randy!!! 4:45am!! No wonder you were tired!! Or is that the normal time you get up in the morning? LOL Sounds like a GREAT run!!!

runliarun said...

Whenever I want to put in more than a 5K in the morning I have to wake up way too early. I am always behind with sleep. I could always use more. I could sleep at any time of day, on almost any day.

Mendy said...

Wow! 4:00 am... crazy, for me anyway. But, that's fantastic, and pure dedication. Plus, from what I hear - it's very pleasant in the early mornings, before others are getting up - so it's much nicer to enjoy the run. Good for you!

To answer your question about the abs workout. That was the first time I've done that particular routine. I told my hubby I was going to do 30 min of abs, using the book I have (The complete book of abs by Kurt Brungardt). It has a lot of abs workouts and I just wanted to make sure that I did all sections of abs (lower, upper, oblique, and combination). David showed me what he did a while back, and I just combined the 2. It took the entire 30 min and worked me hard! I liked it.

I'm so long winded...

Phil said...

You're getting stronger. Nice job keeping your HR so low. And nice to see that I'm not the only crazy person out on the road early in the morning. I actually like these early morning runs. The traffic is very light and you get a chance to listen to birds as they sky starts to brighten. It's a very spiritual time of the day that most folks just miss.

Backofpack said...

Eric and I get up early to run too - we are often running on 6 hours a night. Then a week will come where we both crash. One thing I do that helps is take anywhere from 10 to 30 minute nap before I go to work. Seems silly...like I should just sleep an extra 30 minutes, then run, but it works better this way. The nap keeps me from being tired all day at work.

Randy said...

Yes I am an early riser...if I weren't running I would still be up by 5 am.
I think those 10 to 30 minute sleeps are called power naps...and yes they can be so beneficial at times.
Phil - hearing the birds and now starting to see the hints and tints of the sun as it rises is inspiring.
The traffic is much lighter.

J~Mom said...

Great job on your hr!! I cannot keep mine that low for anything! Nice getting out and getting it done early!

scott keeps running said...

hi randy. nice run. and i look forward to following your progress. i'm finding out quick how important this online running community is for helping and inspiring each other. it's been a lot of fun so far.

(oh, and half my family bleeds aggie maroon)

Wes said...

One of the best ways to tell if your running is having an impact is to check your resting heart rate. Do this first thing in the morning. Put your HR on and totally relax. Breath deep, and peek at the watch to see what it says. Since I started running last year, mine has dropped from 56 to 50, a 10% improvement.

In answer to your question on pushing off with your toes... The ideal foot strike is to land on the pad above your arch. Then, as your foot travels beneath you, pick your feet up when you are ready to step and do not push off. It may depend a bit on how long you wait to bring up your back foot. A high cadence will avoid this.

Nice run by the way! For having a "lifetime" of 260+ miles, you are getting it on good :-)