Thursday, October 4, 2012
I started with a 7 mile hike into Sycamore Canyon on Parson's Spring Trail. If you click HERE it will take you to my post about that hike. It was a leisurely hike, but the distance, terrain and the fact that we had to climb back out of the canyon made it a good work out.
On September 20th I got home from work and decided that I was going to run no matter what. I had been walking up to this point, but I was ready to run. Never mind that it was 106 outside... I was going to run! So I set out for at least 2 miles. I made it 1.4 and I am not going to lie, I stopped a few times. I thought I might die and I thought that my head might explode from the heat. I was miserable and I was very sore the next day.
On September 24th it was in the 90's and I wanted to beat my last running stats. I didn't think it would be too tough considering I was getting in shape by the day and the weather was cooler. I ran 2.05 miles that day and I shaved off a whole minute from my pace. Huge improvement.
On September 26th my goal, again, was to beat my last run. So, I went a whole whopping .2 miles further and a whole .02 seconds faster on my pace. Hey, any improvement is some improvement... right?
September 27th I ventured out on another hike which you can view HERE. It was very pretty and I couldn't resist making it another leisurely hike while using my camera to capture the beauty around me. It was a 3.68 mile hike and it involved some climbing and descending into valleys along South Mountain.
October 2nd, I met a neighbor for a walk early in the morning. We both walked with double strollers and did about 2 miles together then I continued on for another mile. So a total of 3 miles of walking on the 2nd.
October 3rd I woke up (not wanting to run), but I managed to get ready to go without talking myself out of it. I am so glad that I did. I wanted to run 2.5 miles without stopping. That was my goal... and I wanted to make sure that I ran less than a 9 minute mile pace. At 2 miles I knew I had it. In fact, I knew that I would run a full 5k that day. So I kept going and when my Nike Plus app told me that I had reached 3 miles I gave it everything I had for the last .2 miles.
So here's the break down...
9/20: 1.4 miles 9.55 min mile pace
9//24: 2.05 miles 8.55 min mile pace
9/26: 2.2 miles 8.53 min mile pace
9/27: 3.68 mile hike
10/2: 3 mile walk
10/3: 3.2 miles 9.13 min mile pace
In addition to the walking, hiking and running work outs... I have been doing a work out video in my home (two mornings a week) and I have been playing volleyball on Monday mornings. I am keeping things interesting by mixing it up, I tend to get bored if I do too much of one thing. I am also working on different muscle groups which helps support the muscles that I use for running.
Tonight I will be going on another hike and I don't plan to bring my camera. This time I want to challenge myself and go faster. This hike is suppose to be harder than the last so that is good. I will track it on my Nike Plus app and see how it goes.