20 October 2011


For the past 4 days, I've been watching my diet (calories) in an effort to finally drop the dreaded 10 lbs. that keep me from reaching the next PR;-) In any case, I've been trying to drop the weight and this is the umpteenth time that I am trying. No German chocolate or gummi bears until I accomplish my goal. Part of this effort and my  current goal to PR at the Rocket City Marathon in December has also been my new cross training program consisting of "Muscleworks" and Pilates two times a week each at my local university gym. Obviously, the main focus of my training schedule is still the running.

Yesterday's session called for a 10 miler at minimum 7:30 minute per mile pace, but I'd moved it to today to be rested for a soccer match I had to play that evening. I opted to head to the local gym right after work this evening to be able to maintain the 7:30 pace without having to think. All I had to do is stay on the treadmill. To help keep my mind of the work, I decided to fall back on my little ZEN MP3 player that had worked its magic for me during the second half of the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miler a week and a half ago, helping me to run a faster second half of the race.

This was the first time since January or February that I had been to the cardio area of the gym and there was actually equipment available unlike the last time I tried to go for a run on a treadmill. Clearly, most New Year's resolution folks had fallen off the wagon. I started off pretty much at my target pace and decided to keep running at that pace until my heart rate reached 180. It just so happened that I reached 180 at the same time my standard 60 minute treadmill workout ended. I was able to speed up the pace on the treadmill during the 5 minute cool down to end up with 8.5 miles for the day. While that was short 1.5 miles of my goal, I did manage to keep the pace. I had decided to cut the run just a little short to be home in time to eat dinner with my better half. Thank goodness, tomorrow calls for an easy 5 miles.

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