David's Blog

May 29, 2011

Running Update: No more injuries

I've been running off and on again for most of the past year struggling with injuries (pulled quad, shin splints). I think I'm close to being able to say that that stuff is finally past me. I've been running ~20 miles a week for the past few weeks and so far so good (a few twinges in my legs the past few days that I'm gonna keep an eye on).

New
Shoes!Last night I was heading out for my run and got this crazy idea that I wanted to do a mile time trial.Yes, despite it being the first day on new shoes, being super wet out, and my legs acting up a little (I did say it was a crazy idea!). I'll be running a 5k next weekend and wanted to see what of hard, but not all out, mile time I could get so I know how fast to go out in this race.

So I ran a mile and a half warm up to the track. Did I mention it's probably been a little over 2 years since I've been on a track? I stretched a little then did my mile. It was pretty humid still despite it being midnight but forgot about that quickly as I started. My first lap felt easy - not too fast, not too slow - at about 1:30. The second lap went by in another 1:30 split, but I was really feeling it by the end of that lap. The third lap's split was 1:32 and the final lap's was 1:33 despite me feeling like I picked it up - I had forgotten how that works. So I ended with a 6:05 mile after not training hard for months. Something to improve on, but I'm content for now. It really surprised me how well I actually kept my splits - that was something I always struggled with before.

Next weekend I'm going to shoot for 6:30 pace in my 5k and see what happens (assuming the legs are fine this week). Hopefully I'm not being too ambitious. I'd really like to go sub 20 mins as a baseline for getting back into racing.

I'll post something about my results next weekend after the race, and I plan on doing more running posts to try and keep myself accountable for my running. Sometimes the hardest part is convincing myself to get out the door :)