Pax (funcrunch) wrote,
Pax
funcrunch

  • Mood:

Picking up speed

For today's run to Aquatic Park I decided to try something novel: making my legs move faster. A shorter stride, quicker turnover, and concentrating on keeping my posture upright and my breathing even. I was panting and sweating more than usual but maintained control.

Result: I finished in 30'56", a good 4 1/2 minutes shorter than my previous time for this course. A definite improvement.

Of course, the implication is that if I can finish my weekday run in less than 30 minutes, I need to extend it. The logical next step would be running home instead of taking the cable car. I was forced to do this once during a heavy rain when the car went out of service; after the initial near-vertical hill climb, it wasn't too bad. But I've only done a round-trip on this particular run once since. Given the cable cars' slow speed and infrequency of service that time of day, however, I shouldn't have to get up too much earlier to accomplish the out-and-back.

I may also change my ratio of walking breaks on my long runs from 5/1 to 9/1, the latter being what I used more successfully in previous training. This strategy may backfire as I only have two long runs left before the half-marathon race (the others being six miles or less), but we'll see.
Tags: fitness
Subscribe

  • Race report: Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon

    It seems I only use LiveJournal for blogging about racing nowadays. I've been much more active (too active, really) on Facebook on other topics. My…

  • Year in review - 2014

    Starting on testosterone therapy and subsequently getting a legal change of name and gender were my most important events of 2014 (and indeed,…

  • Race report: DSE Aquatic Park 10K

    It seems that since VeganMofo 2014 ended I haven't been interested in blogging here much. I have been quite active on Facebook and have been…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments