I’m going to try and chronicle how I feel/do for this first set of a 21 day training week.
Today was Day 1: Easy 4mi. I decided since I was going to go easy, I was going to have a bit of fun and just relax. It was lovely out this morning and I was out just around the time of sunrise. Here are a few shots I managed to capture:
I took my time, decided to skip the ipod since listening to it just makes me run faster. Perhaps I should put together an easy run playlist. I’m sure that’d be useful on days when I don’t want the silence. Still, this morning I didn’t mind the quiet – it gave me time to think and just listen to the sounds around me.
The trail I ran today was one of my favorites. It’s a nice relatively flat route that starts along the nature trail and winds up in a quaint little neighborhood by the water. In my mind I knew I wanted to keep about a 15 min/mi pace…it’s an easy run remember? *smile* I didn’t feel particularly exhausted or as though I was overexerting myself, I felt just fine. It was the equivalent of taking a nice little stroll – you’re just going along, taking it all in, enjoying the journey.
When I hit the halfway mark I decided to start up a nice incline to try and incorporate some hills into the easy run. It wasn’t so bad. Again, I was taking my time, and the only concerns I had about my pace were making sure I wasn’t going too fast. On a hill, going too fast is never a problem I have, lol. My run continued along just find and I took on yet another incline for the last .5mi of the run. I wound up doing 4 mi in 1:00:32. My avg pace was 15.12 min/mi, which is right around where I wanted to be. A nice little easy run to start my extended week of training and to ease me into the day.
Have a great one!