Thursday, July 31, 2008
I started with a 2 mile jog to warm up, and wound everything down with a 1.6 mile jog. Total mileage - 5.6 miles. I'm quite tired this morning as a result of the run! Today is a three mile recovery run followed by some stretching and core strengthening.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Today is hill day. We increase by one repeat today, so it's going to be a tough one! Here I come!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
It was very pleasant yesterday. I ended up running the bluff above the bay at Castaways on my short out and back. I then hit the weight room at the NAC for my normal stretching and core workout. It seems that I'm starting to see some results - my times are coming down (my easy run yesterday seemed to be easy at a 9:30 pace) and my core workouts are getting easier. Now I just need to drop the pounds that I put on the past couple of weeks. I've been a food magnet since starting my running again. My body must be trying to tell me something....
Monday, July 28, 2008
This morning I am a little stiff from my workout yesterday. Yesterday was the first fartlek workout that I have done running. My pace varied widely, as fast as 6:30 per mile and as slow as 12:00 per mile. I tried to run fast a quarter a mile at a time, but by the time things were wrapping up, I was lucky to get a tenth of a mile in without blowing up. But - that's okay. To be honest - this was one of the quickest 33 minutes I've done. It really did not seem like 33 minutes had passed.
Today I'll keep it easy for 3 miles followed by some strength (core) work....
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Only a couple of things of note. First, my left knee has been sore lately especially when first starting. Once I get a half mile or so in, everything seems to loosen up and starts feeling much better. Second, I've been feeling really tired. I am sure this is related to going from no activity to training six days a week. I'll see how this goes in the coming weeks. I'm watching my diet and have noticed that I am a bit light on the protein side. I'll start eating more protein, especially post workout (protein shake), to see if I'm able to inject some more energy through diet. Finally, I'm feeling some aches and pains, especially in my calves and shins. I looked in my shoes last night and it appears that they are starting to wear out - so I'll keep an eye on that too!
But for now - I'm looking forward to my rest day today!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Today is hill day. Higdon calls for 2 mile warm up followed by 3 hill repeats of about a quarter mile. Last week I ran the hill off of Irvine and University - I think I'll do the same today.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I followed up my brief stint there with my first tempo run since starting the new training plan. Did a 30 minute run in Crystal Cove. I had to start out slow because of my back, but after about 5 minutes or so, my back loosened up and I was able to get my pace down to an 8:42 toward the end of mile 2.
Today, I'm still a little stiff - especially my lower back. It's uncomfortable to bend down and to get up from a chair, but other than that I feel pretty good. In fact, the knee pain I've been having for the last week seems to be resolving as well. I'm looking forward to a new week of running!
The only issue started up a few hours after the run when my lower back flared up with stiffness and soreness. Nothing serious (I think), just a lot of soreness and stiffness from running too far too fast on asphalt. The pain got so uncomfortable Saturday evening that I had to resort to some Tylenol. But, I was pleased with the progress I seem to be making after a week of post injury running.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I'm looking forward to my 6 miler this morning.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I'm going to be adding this workout to my training plan 3 times a week. Based on yesterday's grunts and today's groans, it certainly can't hurt.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My Higdon plan said to not worry about the inclination of the hill - just choose something about the right length (quarter of a mile more or less). On my normal Upper Back Bay run there is a hill that is almost a quarter mile in length, so, off I went to try my workout.
I ended up at just under 5 miles total including the hill workout. I did 20 minutes of stretching to work out some of the soreness. It is amazing how hard I am having to work after my injury layoff.
Today is a three mile easy run and a weight workout. Talk to you afterwards!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tonight I was looking for somewhere different to run, so I went over to Bonita Creek Park thinking that the trail that takes off was a 1.5 mile run, so out and back would have made 3. Too bad for me! The trail was only a one mile out and back. I had some mean climbing up to the Bonita Creek housing tract, back down to Arroyo Grande Park, and then back up and down again. Needless to say, my 9:45 pace was shot. But I did finish and it was great to start back into the swing of things!
I was surprised at how much conditioning I've lost. Four miles would have been a perfect distance. Six miles was a little long though. I wanted to take it easy (and will continue to do so for the next few weeks), but by mile 5 I was just shuffling along. But, the real pain came a few hours later. Sore legs, sore back. Ugh - pain when I move. It felt good!
I'm now going to start a Higdon Intermediate 12 week conditioning cycle. We'll see where this all leads!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I decided to try going up the "Ski Hut" route. The "Ski Hut" is actually run by the Sierra Club, and can be used by anyone as shelter. It was originally built in the 30's and now serves as a great rest stop on one of the routes up Baldy. The Ski Hut route is a no nonsense route up the hill - 4.2 miles one way, 4000 foot elevation gain. This would be my first time up the mountain using this route.
The real trick to this route is finding it in the first place. The trail starts up a paved fire road, which continues to Baldy Notch and the ski area on the mountain. The first thing to look for is San Antonio Falls on your left:
At that point, the road turns to the right, and then the trail to the ski hut, unmarked, branches off to the left. It's real easy to miss this one! The trail is there on the left:
From there, it's on up the hill for the next 2 miles to the ski hut. The grade is steady and uphill the whole way. The ski hut is a little oasis on the trail. I took a (well deserved) rest in the shade of the pines and the sound of the rushing stream. After a few minutes and a Clif bar, I gathered myself and continued up the use path up the Baldy Bowl.
At this point, the trail steepened and the going got a little tougher as the altitude increased. The next highlight is a saddle at a little over 9,000 feet, a little over 3 miles from the start. I made it that far and had a little sit down to gather my breath. At this point everything was starting to take its toll. My legs were screaming, my hands (bruised in the bike accident two weeks ago) were sore from gripping my hiking poles, my marathon blisters (from three weeks earlier) were starting to act up, and it was time to turn around. I had no idea how close to the top of the mountain I was either, because the only thing I could see in front of me was more climbing up a ridge. I decided that it would be better to turn around and head on down. At least I knew I had enough to make it down the same trail.
So, I looked ahead, and made the decision to turn around and try again another day. Had I known that I was a little over half a mile to the top... Oh well!
By the way - photos are on my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennsphotos2007/sets/72157605889274458/