February 27, 2011

Springtime Tallahassee 2010

Proof!  Last year I ran the Springtime Tallahassee 10K and am currently training to run this year's race.  I found this picture on accident and am thrilled to have it.  That was a incredibly fun race and I am genuinely looking forward to running it again this year. 

My spring training is going very well.  This afternoon I start my 1x9 series (walk 1 minute, jog 9 minutes).  I've had some great runs this week, a bit faster, felt a bit lighter on my feet.  The only thing that might be considered a negative is that sometime between minutes 20 and 50 I am experiencing very significant thirst, a gummy dry mouth, and feeling very flushed.  I don't think that I am hydrating properly so today I've decided to work on drinking more of my water before my run instead of balancing the water between before and after the workout.  Starting next week I am going to try and get a longer run in at least once a week- 60 minutes or so.  Additionally, starting next week I will also add some interval training to my workouts.  What this means is that for certain minutes I will try to go faster so that I can build my pace.  I want to get as close to a 12 minute jog before April 2 as I can.  That will be difficult but I can at least make the effort to try. 

Also, more good news.  The other day, Thursday I believe, I totally got the Runners' Seal of Approval.  As I was jogging around the 'lake' (it's really more a pond) a runner passed me and gave me a thumbs up.  I really appreciated this encouragement.  Usually I can be overly sensitive about people noticing me and praising me as I workout.  Generally I wish I was invisble as I jog, I don't like people to notice me.  However, when this runner acknowledged my hard work I felt truly appreciative, like a rite of passage.

Well, I look forward to continued training and will post soon.


Megan said...

I found your blog via carrots n cake...

Good for you for training for another race! You should be proud of yourself! Hope it goes well :)

Elizabeth Dean said...

Thanks Megan- I appreciate the encouragement!

Jess said...

I'm glad you're feeling good about running! I can't wait for this ankle to heal so I can get back to it.

As for hydration, this is something that my derby laydeez deal with a lot. The training committee recommends that people hydrate for a practice (or, in your case, a run) beginning the day before practice. The night before, they want us drinking a lot of water, and to keep that up the day of. I tend to feel thirsty a lot so I don't have a problem with it, but some people really need the reminder. I've heard some people say that the falls hurt more when they're dehydrated, and last night, one woman in Fresh Meat kept having to stop because she was cramping up.

Enjoy the lovely Florida spring time!