February has been a very productive month for me. I am starting to truly enjoy running again. I have seen my pace finally start to come down and my endurance increase. I am really looking forward to springing the clocks forward so I can run outside somewhere other then my neighborhood. Currently I am doing 3 key runs a week: hill repeats, intervals, and a long-ish run.
My hill repeats start with a mile warm up on the "flatter" roads of the neighborhood. From there I do 4 laps of a 2 hill loop in my neighborhood. Yesterday I headed out in the snow/sleet to do my hill repeats. I felt really good about them. My average pace was 30 seconds per mile faster then the previous week and I felt much more comfortable. The biggest improvement I saw was that I only had to walk for about 30 seconds after cresting the hill before resuming running. This is a definite improvement.
My intervals right now are pretty short. My first two were a 1 mile warmup and then 6 times 1 minute around LT and 3 minutes recovery run or walk. The first time I did this two weeks ago, I did it on the dreadmill. For my runs, I set the dreadmill to 6.5 mph (9:12/mi). Last week, I headed outside to a relatively flat trail and was surprised to find I can actually run faster, and at a lower HR when I do my intervals outside instead of the dreadmill. Plus, I find my recovery includes more running then it did on the dreadmill. I averaged 8:31/mi for the work part of the interval which felt really good. This week's intervals will be 6x 1 min work/2 min recovery. I am looking forward to it.
My longish runs are where I am having my problem. I am having issue with my piriformis causing numbness in my leg/foot. I have found some ways to treat it, but I need to be more consistent with doing the stretches/roller movements. I am really looking forward to running with my running group soon.
I only managed one ride on the bike last month which was the Sufferfest Downward Spiral video, which I also did tonight. It is a tough workout, but I already feel a little stronger.
I have restarted my diet and lost 4.6 pounds last week. I hope to be much lighter by the time I run my marathon in November.
I need to do a review of the bluetooth headphones I picked up. They were well worth the investment
Avg 17.89 mph
Average Pace 12:12/mi