Yesterday’s high temperature was around 94 degrees. Simply too hot for me to run outside. I went to the gym and hopped on a treadmill instead. Unfortunately I had forgotten my iPod Nano and so I had no music. When running outside I do not need music, but in a gym it is dead boring and the TVs showing Fox news (the most useless TV station ever) are no help either. Fox News is simply annoying and “dumbing” people down – not something I enjoy.
I am also not into watching other people workout even though it can be fascinating at times. As an example there is this older gentleman that always comes to the gym with a cup of McDonald’s coffee in his hand. He uses some of the weight machines and nurses his drink, but he is not really working out. He just stares at people, preferably women. But back to me and running.
I started running and noticed right from the start that I had waited too long to have my pre-workout shake today. The first 2 miles were going to be slow until my stomach felt normal again. Note to myself – add a bit more time for your pre-workout protein shake to be consumed.
Overall the run was good. Technically I am in my first full week of marathon training. This is also my first full week of double-workouts. I do 1 hour of Kosama Bootcamp style workout in the morning and now I add a run after work. For now I am planning to run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday I will only do Kosama in the morning and “rest” the remaining part of Friday. On Saturday mornings I will head out for my weekly long run. I hope that my body adjusts to the double workout load fast. I will then either add a run on Friday or increase the mileage on the other 4 days. The mileage on those 4 days will increase anyway, but I might add some extra miles then when I feel the strength has increased.
I did run 5.2 miles on Monday and did so again yesterday. Speed wise I am going slightly faster on the treadmill to make up for running on a treadmill and not running outside. I never ran a race and I never paid too much attention to my pace. I just run how I feel. Now that I am going to run a marathon that has a 5 hour limit + a cutoff window along the way I need look at my overall pace for sure. On my 14 mile run last Saturday I had an average of around 10.12 minutes per mile with actually quite a few miles being slightly below 10 (9.30 – 9.45-ish) and I was pretty happy seeing those results. But 14 miles is not 26.2 and I will need to increase my strength and endurance quite a bit to be able to maintain a good pace. Since I have nothing really to compare against, I set a goal of 10 minutes per mile for my marathon. That should get me in at around 4:20 hours – giving me 40 minutes of buffer in regards to the 5 hour time limit. But 10 minutes per mile is really just a ballpark number for now. I might re-adjust this in 4-6 weeks and hopefully can reduce it to below 10 minutes. I am also good with starting slower and then gradually increase my speeds during a run. If I can implement this into my marathon run, that would be perfect.
So, the workout on a treadmill was good, but I am really looking forward for cooler afternoons by mid-September. Running outside is still my favorite activity.