Fast-paced weeks, slowpoke running

I haven’t abandoned running, I’m still regularly training at least once a week, with an average of twice a week. Things are going fine, it’s just that I’m so incredibly slow, that I wonder if should even dare show up on race day in a few weeks. At least last year I was faster, fitter, lighter and just better in general. I was comparing last spring’s stats with these week’s stats, for the same training and… wow… I was speechless. While I could hold on with an average speed of 7.5km/h (average made of my running AND walking speeds) in April and May of last year, I make it barely over 6km/h now. I feel so ashamed, unfit, untrained and well, fat.

I’m not giving up, because I want to get better, and I know that I will get better. Eventually. As much as I love races, I think I’m going to skip the one I have planned for next month. It’s just not worth it. I know it takes someone to finish last, but I’d prefer it not being me… At the pace I’m running I think everybody would have just gone home already by the time I cross the finish line. So I’m concentrating myself on the coming summer’s triathlon – for now I’m building up a bit of endurance with running, then I’ll work on speed work. By July I should have regained a decent pace. Maybe not as fast as last year’s, but still decent.

I’m still not into swim training though, even if I know I really should. I live a short walk away from a great pool complex, the only problem is that it’s barely never open for ‘lanes swimming’. I’ve been checking for another pool in my area, but not having a car AND having a super busy schedule really doesn’t make it any easier. I’m working on the car thing, I hope I can get my license before the summer 😉 

So back to running only. Today’s training should contain bits of 7 minutes. I’m curious to see how I’ll do and if I can speed it up a bit!

Yessss!

After last week’s debacle, I am proud to say that I completed 3 running trainings! Well, all right, 3 jogging trainings, but who cares… I did it! And it makes me feel so much better, about myself and just in general. I had forgotten how running helped me keep my sanity in difficult times last year.

Here’s a recap of my trainings, lessons 11, 12 and 13 of the Start to Run program (the link opens an Excel file with the details of the program):

03-02-2009
Training: 8 x (2/1) (running/walking)
Time: 25:25.45
Total distance: 2.59 km
Avg. speed: 6.1 km/h
Max. speed: 9.0 km/h 
Avg. heart rate: 152 bpm 
Comments: Yeah, I went pretty slow on this one. I really didn’t want to get too tired too quickly and I wanted to feel good during the run, in order to be more enthusiastic about running again 2 days later 😉  On top of that it was snowing at that time and the sidewalks were getting slippery. The last thing I needed was to slip and injure myself!

05-02-2009
Training: 1/1, 2/2, 4/3, 4/3, 5/1 (running/walking)
Time: 26:00.77
Total distance: 2.57 km
Avg. speed: 5.9 km/h
Max. speed: 8.8 km/h 
Avg. heart rate: 145 bpm  
Comments: Yep, I went really slow during that one. I got scared of the 4 and 5 minutes running bits and made sure I would hold on! 

08-02-2009
Training: 2/2, 3/2, 5/3, 5/3, 5/2 (running/walking)
Time: 31:39.94
Total distance: 3.36 km
Avg. speed: 6.4 km/h
Max. speed: 10.3 km/h 
Avg. heart rate: 151 bpm
Comments: Much better! Even though I was terrified of the 5 minutes bits, I managed to keep a comfortable (snail)pace. DH survived it too 😉

I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow for the next training. It won’t be easy, but I’ll get there. My race is in less than 5 weeks and if I keep it up, I should be pretty far in the training program when it’s time to race! 

Not much time to go for a swim this week, but it’s definitely in the planning for next Monday, whether I like it or not! As for cycling, that’s another story. Hopefully spring time will arrive soon and I’ll be able to commute to work by bike (that’s a total of 52km folks!) on a bright and sunny day.