12.28.09 — Nice way to Cap off the Trip

Type: Run — Wanted to Run Fast
Distance: 5.0 miles
Pace: 8:09 min/mile
Time: 40:51
Average Heart Rate: 161 bpm
Average Speed: 7.3 mph

This is our last day in Dallas, so I wanted to run and try and do it quickly. I really wanted to put a run together that was consistent from beginning to end and was quicker than all the other runs that I had done last week. When I woke up, I did have a head cold starting, so I almost skipped the run. I gave it about 20 minutes after I woke up to clear up, but when it didn’t, I decided to go anyway.

I thought I would be slower, but I felt pretty solid from beginning to end. As I ran, I tried to reach out further and further with my feet to lengthen my stride. What I started feeling was a little tension in my hamstrings as I would have to pull back harder with my hammies throughout the run. I liked how much faster it made me go with little more effort. I am going to start incorporating this type of workout into my runs just to try and lengthen my stride throughout all of my efforts. Here is the graphic:

I am really looking forward to getting back home for a while. I really miss riding my bike — I never thought I would say that I miss the trainer, but I do. It will be great to be able to get back in the pool and out in some laps. For January I am going to set the goal of 28,000 yards in the pool, 400 miles on the trainer, and 60 miles running. This is definitely going to be a stretch, and if anything I am worried about missing the running goal. I will be in Hawaii for a week for work, where I will have access to a lap pool and will run, but I won’t be able to put in any mileage on the bike. I know, I know — I have a tough job!

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...