I took a rest day yesterday, did a slow walk with the dogs. I’m glad I did, because now, part of my “master plan” is to time my 5k run on every Monday up through Feb. 11 so I can watch my improving time. (Isn’t that positive of me? That I’m sure I’m going to have an “improving time”?)
I got a new app on my iphone that actually works. With the old iphone, the GPS would always shut down when the phone idled, which made it utterly useless and drove me insane. I bought “Distance” by “Future Apps” for $2.99 and it works great with the 4g iphone, even if the phone is idling or gets a call.
I was able to track my pace: a pathetic 15 minute mile on average, but was also able to practice a faster foot turnover which is what increases your pace and also has been proven to seriously reduce injuries. Other than one bout of plantar fasciitis many years ago, I’ve never had a running injury. I always suspected it was because I take small steps with these uber long legs. Now I know that was true.
Anyway, I was able to watch my pace closely today and try doing a faster foot turnover to see how that would change my pace. It shifted my pace from the 15 min. range down to 12:33 to 13:20 or so, which really surprised me. It didn’t FEEL like I was going faster, just taking weirdly little steps. So, I’m going to play with that some more.
I’m going to take it easy the rest of the week, alternating between running and walking within a comfortable zone, using Monday’s run each week, to see how I’m improving.
I did the 5k in 48:11 today and I was SO happy with that! I know it’s so slow, but I figured I’d be coming in at at least 50 minutes, maybe way over 50 so I’m OK with that time as a beginning point! So now I have something concrete I can work on.
–have to bug out for the rest of the day to finish up Christmas shopping! I’ll do an update of exer/cal now and make SURE I stay in a good calorie range throughout the night.
*Calories: Have had 1049 as of 2:40 pm. Will have about 450 for dinner.
*Exercise: 3.1 mile run plus .20 miles of walk to cool down
-Later a 2 mile walk with the dogs