My 500th mile

By Skip

A little over a month ago I was celebrating my 400th mile.  Today, I hit the big 500.  They seem to be accumulating fast!  Now that the triathlon season is over for me and I am concentrating more on running races and have begun a pretty aggressive training plan, I am going to be stacking up those miles pretty quickly.  I bet I will be at 700 miles or more by the end of the year.  Just wait until I start training for my Olympic distance races and half marathons!

This was my Sunday workout schedule:

  • WU: Run 5 minutes @ Pace Zone 2 (Low Aerobic)
  • MS: Run 1 hour and 10 minutes @ Pace Zone 3 (Moderate Aerobic)
  • CD: Run 5 minutes @ Pace Zone 2 (Low Aerobic)

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This was a long run but a good run.  I found the perfect route for this timing and will probably be doing it again in the future.  There are some variations on the route that will allow for longer distances and longer times.  I was able to stay hydrated, but then again, it was much cooler out.  My legs were a little sore starting out and pretty sore by the time I finished but I still felt okay.  The only pain that is annoying is the top left of my left foot.  It is most noticeable when I stretch however, the pain was there before I even started today.

Tomorrow starts my swimming lessons.  This works out good as it is my day off from running so my plan says to either rest or cross train.  Cross training it will be, at least for the next 5 weeks.  I am very curious and very nervous all at the same time.  I am nervous because I may be so horrible that the instructor will laugh at me.  The point is that he breaks it down and sets me off on the right track.  From that point on I have the dedication to continue with swimming the proper way.

Now if he looks at my form and says “hey, you swim perfectly” THEN I am in trouble!  Actually there is no way he is going to say that.  I think it is going to be a couple of simple things that will change everything for me.  I am hoping that this will be an “A-HA!” moment.

Filed in: 5K, Running • Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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