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RunKeeper Tribute to Steve Jobs

I was just surfing around randomly and I came across a really cool runner-style tribute to Steve Jobs on the Art of Running blog.

Doing something like this would definitely make a long run less boring, don’t you think? Maybe I’ll plan out a run like this sometime in the future. I wonder how many other people have done something similar. I’ll bet that some crazy person has used a running route to ask someone to marry them. Wouldn’t that suck ass if the other person said no?

Threshold Field Test

My half marathon is in two months, so I am starting my training now. I have decided on the training program in “Be a Better Runner” by Sally Edwards. I like the fact that there is quite a bit of cross-training built in to the program and no more than three runs a week. Daniels’ Running Formula looks amazing too but seems to be a bit too complex for me right now.

Today’s run was a test of my threshold to base my upcoming training on. I had to find the point where it was difficult for me to continue talking, which was around 160. Now I have to base my training on percentages of that threshold. My easy runs are supposed to be easy. And — you guessed it — hard runs are supposed to be hard.

Now to program my Garmin for all of these new types of runs I will be doing.

Rest Day & Pre-Race Strategy

After yesterday’s hill run, my glutes (iPad wants to autocorrect to “flutes” … haha), hamstrings and inner thigh are all sore. I feel okay when I move around for a while, but it hurts when I stand up.

I got my road bike back from being overhauled, so I took that for a spin this evening. I had forgotten how nice it is to go that fast under your own power. Because this is a rest day, I took it easy and kept the time under 30 minutes. Tomorrow, I might do my long run or perhaps an easy run de ending on how I feel. I won’t have time for a long run on the weekend because I will be working 12-hour shifts.

Because I am doing a 5K race next week, I am going to do a tempo run on Monday to get a feel for my (hopefully a bit faster) pace. I’ll do easy runs on Wednesday and Thursday then rest on Friday. We’ll see how that works for me. I’ll run four days instead of three next week because I will be skipping my long run.

Hopefully that makes sense!

Enough rain already!

It’s been raining in the Toronto area for what seems like weeks. Even though I enjoyed dodging the earthworms and snails on Sunday evening, I wasn’t in the mood in the evening when I woke up. I skipped my Running Room 5K clinic, but I did Angie Miller’s Kettlebell Bootcamp.

She’s a tiny little thing, but man is she tough. Because I plan to run later on my break at work, I took it easy and just did half of the DVD. Great strength workout and it kept my heart rate up too like you’d typically see in a cardio workout.

Later on this morning, I’m going to run on the treadmill at work and use the hill setting for a hard run. I brought my heart rate transmitter, so it can keep my heart rate up good and high. Hopefully the guys don’t mind the sweat, because I won’t have time for a shower … Hahaha! I did bring a change of clothes though.

I’m going to eat a whole wheat egg salad sandwich now so I’ll have the energy to run like crazy. When I’m finished, I’ll probably eat a stinger protein bar so I don’t have to eat again before bed in the morning.