An attempt at speed work.

ImageI am finding the temperature a little hard to handle but it is certainly easier running in the cold than in humidity which really knocks me about.

Today was cold but the rain stopped when I went out so nothing to complain about.

I ran  4 times at a pace faster than my usual plod.

First I ran about 1500m fairly slowly until I came to a muddy grassy path next to a creek.

FIRST RUN  of about one Km….Pace 4.19 per Km. I felt I was really pushing this. Running into a wind. Not sure what is best…wet grass or mud.

Then a 500m walk jog stagger….

SECOND RUN…this was only 500m….Pace 3.53 per Km. On a path.

Another Km jog walk…

THIRD RUN…back on the mud….I thought I did not try as hard but Pace 4.10 per Km

Jog 500

FOURTH RUN…again 500m on the path….3.51 min per Km pace.

2 Km jog home.

I am still amazingly slow but….actually I am not sure what the but is…..maybe but I did it.

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Training Plan coming together

I have entered the Gold Coast. Marathon being run early July and am slowly putting a training plan together. Aim is not to get injured and run at a reasonable pace. I have decided to make Friday my rest day.

Today being a rest day I only ran 3 Km. I think I ran reasonably well despite feeling a little sick throughout the day.

30 push ups and 100 crunches.Image

I received a new jacket free from New Balance. That was a plus.

Time to run a bit faster

Ok Marathon has come and gone and now to try and run a little faster.

Reasonable run today. After about an easy couple of Kms I moved a little faster and was pleased to see I got to my turn about point quit quickly for me. I pushed the pace a bit coming home and recorded my fastest time for that course.

Probably I was still very slow however I felt  like I was moving a bit faster than my usual plod. I kept ‘ the pace’ up and did not wimp out as is my want.

I am thinking on starting another Blog…something like Quest for Speed. One man’s endeavour to out run a slow moving tree.Image

Back on the Track

Tonight I joined the East Burwood Masters runners and ran a 5 Km race on the Athletic Track. As it was only 10 days since I ran the Marathon I did not take it too seriously. Running the race in a bit over 23 minutes which was certainly slow. But I was happy enough to have got out there and done it. Hopefully after I return from Japan in mid January next year I can run with this group on a regular basis. Image

This is a worthwhile read

I am reading  ‘ Kings of the Road’ by Cameron Stracher. Bill Rodgers.Shorter.Salazar. I have read about them before of course but this book really goes into the American Road Racing scene and the larger than life personalities from 1972-1982.

Recommended

I met Frank Shorter a few years back in Canada. I was amazed at how fit and tanned he looked. Make that very tanned. I asked him how I could get faster.

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