Picking up speed

By Skip

Today my workout was split into 12 hour intervals.  The first part of my workout started long before the sun was rising.  I am still in the testing stages of determining what I can and can not do.   I am so anxious to start putting on some serious miles and at the same time, I am so frustrated that I am being held back.   I would love nothing more than to be able to open it up and start jamming with both my speed and my distance.

My training plan only called for an easy 3 miles.  It was a decent workout but certainly was not great.  I pushed it at the end to see how I would do and let me tell you, I can’t believe I was running that fast before.  In addition, my knee is still giving me issues but I do sense it is slowly getting better!

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So after that I headed to work, spent a whole day, well, computer-ing, and came back home.  Almost exactly 12 hours later I was back out on the pavement, this time with my wife helping her finish her first week in the c25k program she is working on.

Yes, she made it through her first full week of running!  Her heart rate is a little high but I believe it will start to settle down when her cardio builds up a little bit. I am trying to hold her back as she would open it up a little bit too much in the beginning sets if I let her.  These are great, nice and slow workouts for me.

I came across this interesting statistic in a publication today and thought I would share it with you.  I think it is a CRUCIAL piece of the puzzle when it comes to your overall performance.

Athletes who stay well hydrated can train harder and perform better.  For each one percent of body weight lost via sweat, your heart has to beat three to five more times per minutes. This creates needless fatigue.

So remember, ALWAYS stay hydrated.  I realize we don’t think about hydration as much when we are training in cold weather but it is a habit that you need to build and maintain whenever you train.  Sometimes you need more liquids than others, you need to figure out your body and determine what it needs.

If you liked that post, then try these...

RSR 19 - The dangers of overtraining and burnout on March 9th, 2011

RSR 17 – A day off after my time off.. hmmmm... on March 7th, 2011

First bike ride of the year and technology mishaps on February 2nd, 2011

The first day back in the pool on February 1st, 2011

A slow beginning to a long season on January 12th, 2011

Filed in: C25K Training, Half Marathon, Injury, Running • Friday, January 14th, 2011

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