Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Taking it slow

I've been consistent with getting to the gym daily, with the exception of Sunday -- but a day of rest is usually suggested anyway. My goal after last Wednesday was to get in at least 2 miles running on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, I ran 2 miles in about 22 minutes.

Friday, I ran only 1 1/2 miles and didn't run them consistent...but I ran 1 mile in 10 minutes (yeah), walked a couple of laps then ran 1/2 mile in 5 minutes (double-yeah). Ok. I reached goal number one a 10 minute mile. I can't believe I actually did it, again I understand this isn't any great accomplishment to some, but for me, right now, it's something.

Saturday I had my one hour training time with Steve, and after there was no running, my feet were really sore...Steve says it sounds like the onset for plantar fasciitis and that I need to take a couple of days off from running. I need to get new shoes too, mine are pretty worn.

Sunday was an off day.

Monday, still feeling pretty sore from Saturday's workout so did lots of abs and lots of stretching. I ran, but only a mile...but I pushed myself more than I usually do when running and I got the mile in, in 9 1/2 minutes!! Walked a couple of laps and then did a real slow run for about 3 minutes, then followed it all up with more stretching. Shins, calves and feet felt pretty good.

Tuesday (today), had my hour with Steve since he'll be out of town tomorrow. Got to the gym early and walked a little, then decided to run - 1 mile in 9.11 -- YES. I am REALLY excited about this time; and again shins, calves and feet felt good. Spent some time stretching then did my hour with Steve -- he kicked my butt good again today, not looking forward to how this is going to feel when I get up tomorrow.

So, I may not be getting my miles up there...I'd like to be running a minimum of 3 miles each day, but I have gotten my time down way more than I had even begun to think about doing. New goal, keep on keeping on, take it slow as far as miles covered; push myself to get the mile time in and then take it real slow for a several minutes. Hmmm, I may actually get to a point where I'm going to have two different paces to run at, albeit s-l-o-w and extremely s---l---o---w, but it's still two different paces!


duchossois said...

Wow...this is my first time visiting your blog and you've got a lot going on. I read your comment on my blog, and I didn't know who 'Graham' was, but I clicked on your blog and there you were. I haven't seen you since the 'Shot in the Dark' run last summer.
I just read your blogs entries since May 21 and I have to say, you are doing great. Stay committed, don't worry too much about your pace, measurements, body fat, etc., just keep moving. If working with Steve is motivating, it's money well spent, but don't give him too much credit. You are doing all the work, and you have the discipline and dedication to get it done, with or without Steve.
I am really glad you posted on my blog so I could reconnect with you. I'll be reading yours with interest. (I've put a link to your blog on mine.)

duchossois said...

I thought I had read your posts form the beginning, but I had actually missed the first one. Just read that, and I understand a little more. Good on you for deciding to get out there and start running again. You'll be feeling better and stronger for it.

Graham said...

Frank, thanks for the supportive words it really does mean alot. I really find your blog encouraging, it's actually played a part in getting me back out there!! -- Steph

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice job on your running times! Way to hit 10 minutes, and then SHATTER that!!!

Keep it up!!!