Monthly Archives: April 2011

Still Going

I am still having trouble running slowly enough. My average heart rate was way too high for this run. Next week, we go to running for 7 minutes and walking for 1. Should be interesting!


First Solo Outdoor Run

So far, I am running for 5 minutes, then walking for 1. Rinse, repeat. It’s so much different running outdoors compared to on a treadmill. When is this going to get easier? So much to learn.


Running Room 5K Clinic

I have officially lost my mind. I signed up for the 5K program at my local Running Room. I probably should have signed up for the Learn to Run program first, but I am way too impatient for that.

I bought a pair of Nike Zoom Vomero+ 4s because I didn’t have appropriate shoes for running on sidewalks. The treadmill is a lot more forgiving than concrete.

My first run with the group was a lot harder than the run I last did on the treadmill. Outside > Treadmill. I made the mistake of running too fast to keep up with people who I now know run longer races. The first thing I learned then, is about pacing. The second thing I learned is that I need water when I am working that hard.

I fell back and ran much slower out of necessity. Those 5 minutes of running toward the end of the run felt like eternities. We’ll see how things go over the next couple of weeks.

Before the run, I saw someone using RunKeeper. She couldn’t say enough about how good it was, so will try using it on my subsequent runs. I was using Nike+ GPS but it seems to be a bit limited.


Me? Running?

I decided to try running on the treadmill at work today. It didn’t go badly at all. Maybe all of this cross training I’ve been doing for the past four months has paid off.

I like the fact that the treadmill at the gym can make use of your heart rate info from a Polar transmitter. The treadmill will increase or decrease the incline based on your heart rate. There are also hill workouts which I would like to try for my shorter runs since it’s more convenient than finding hills near home.