Posts Tagged ‘mile time’

1 mile test

May 6, 2009

OK, so yesterday I said I was going to run a mile and see if I could beat my best time. I did, but I also have some bad news. The memory isn’t as sharps as it once was. Followed by good news, I did it in the worst possible situation which of course implies that I can do better… which means there is bad news: I have to do it again. OK now let me explain all that.

I remember my best time wrong. Darn good thing I am recording all this stuff in a spreadsheet to go back over. It was on a YMCA treadmill not the one at home which is stuck at a min of 1% or 1/2%, not sure which as each percent is lit for two changes, it either starts at half and goes to 1 while lighting 1, or starts at one and still lights 1 for 1.5%. The whole thing is on a carpet and a pad anyway, so I should, like a good engineer, just measure the darn thing accurately. Now that I thought of it that is likely what I will do. But anyway, my best time before was 7:40 on a true flat treadmill. I think I was predicting that it meant I could run outside a 7:20 is where that got stuck in my head.

As far as the worst conditions, you know the first. It was on a uphill treadmill. I hate that thing when looking at my pace and dread trying to run fast on it. Oh, and then there was the lunch thing. I ate a bowl of kung pao chicken and brown rice, a nice healthy portion fitting someone that was hungry due to swimming 3200 yards in the morning workout from hell that boasted an 8×50 I swam at 45 seconds with 5 seconds rest sending off on the 50 second mark as the last bit before the cool down. I can sure tell you the 4 deep breaths taken during that 5 second rest did not feel like rest. In other words, I was probably running in a slightly muscle-glycogen depleted state, which is great for my training, but not so great for best times. And the side ache from lunch was minor and didn’t ever get bad, but was there a bit.

Now with all that I did it in 7:25. This was not quite what I was hoping for (due to faulty memories), but like I said it just means I have to do it all again here one day. I may just have to go out and find a nice flat one mile long spot and do it with my MP3 player. That should give me my best time no having to explain the situation. I should probably just do it every other week and start graphing it.

It is amazing that a mile can seem like no big deal and then you try and cover it at the fastest speed possible and all of a sudden it is a long way to go. All I can say is holy crap, if I have to run that fast for over 26 miles. There is no way I can do what I did times 26. I couldn’t even do it over 3 miles, or 2 or even 1.5. It would take me a month to run a marathon in Boston Qualifying time, one mile a day with a day of rest here and there. Ah, but I can improve one small step at a time. Soon I will wonder what the fuss was all about.

So the pounding made my shins sore right after the run. In fact I had that same sensation that got worse and worse as the day progressed after the 12k run on Sunday. On Sunday it became increasingly difficult to walk down the stairs to my basement and appear normal toward the evening. Then on Monday, boom, gone. After the crazy mile run, whamo, back, and two hours later boom gone. No it’s not a tinactin commercial. I am just amazed at how fast the shin pain can come and go. When I first started running back in September and for the first two months the shins basically hurt constantly. It is nice that now the pain is gone shortly thereafter and is not as strong as it was before. I lose another 10 pounds, ramp up on the plyometrics training, and start the hill training days and I should see it dissappear forever. Well, except for right after those hard sessions anyway.

Taking Sugar to the Moon

June 26, 2008

I did my first run, it was hard. It was probably not truly considered running, but if you heard the thunderous sound that was coming from the room I have my treadmill in you might be willing to to agree that I at least stampeded for 1 mile in 12:19.

It was kind of funny cause I got myself confused on the distance and I was starting to consider dropping the speed down cause I though I had 1 1/2 laps left, but I actually had a half a lap left so I sped it up. How much of this stuff is in my head anyway? I can’t accurately measure my heart rate when running at home, but I bet I got it up to what is considered 100% for my age if not more at some point there. I will have to take this running stuff slow at first cause I was feeling it in my shins with just this little bit. But don’t worry about me, there is little chance I will spontaneously jump up and run 5 miles right now anyway.

It sure felt good. I felt it in my stomach muscles which I thought was weird. I think it was cause I had eaten too recently that I had trouble, but I still felt it in my muscles this morning so it wasn’t only that. To which I was happy to find that I got down to 214.8. I managed to avoid the late night eating, with three close calls.

I am doing the weights again tonight, I think I will try to get my bike ride in here so I can get all my stats figured out. I am sure you saw my new image as a banner, I am going to try and update it with my current stats each time I reach better numbers and have a few minutes.

It is amazing how the workouts we do add up to great things over time. My dad, who passed away last year, did something I thought was pretty cool with his exercise bike. He would keep track of all the miles and as they added up he would put where he was on a tour of the US. I don’t think he went any great distances on a given day, but he had so many of them he was on his second tour of the US.

I don’t know if I have the time or inclination to keep good enough records but would it be fun to do some of these things:

  1. “Walk” 500 miles (if you like the Proclaimers)
  2. “Run” the Indy 500
  3. “Bike” from the north pole to the south pole
  4. “Swim” the Amazon river
  5. “Lift” a 10 pound bag of sugar to the moon

Anyone else got an idea?