Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Running sucks when it hurts

First off, here's a brief recap of my workouts of late

Friday, January 15th

500m row
40 air squats
30 sit ups
20 push ups
10 pull ups

Time - 6:44 (I think)

Testing out a workout to see how long it would take. Push ups are my weakness as my reps were similar to this - 5-4-3-2-3-2. I used the green band on pull ups.

10 x 250m; rest is 5x what it took me to row 250m.

My times were :56-:58 throughout. Tough workout going all out even with rest ranging from 4:40-4:50 each time.

Tuesday, January 19th
5 x 1000m on 90 second rest

20:55.2 - 5000 - 2:05.6 - 24
4:09 - 1000 - 2:04.5 - 25
4:10.5 - 1000 - 2:05.2 - 24
4:11.4 - 1000 - 2:05.7 - 24
4:11.4 - 1000 - 2:05.7 - 25
4:13.1 - 1000 - 2:06.5 - 25

That last one was tough, but I'm happy to have kept my splits within 5 seconds of each other.

Wednesday, January 20th
10 min Time trial (TT)
Totals and splits
10 min - 2452m - 2:02.3 - 27
2 min - 493m - 2:01.7 - 27
4 min - 493m - 2:01.7 - 27
6 min - 487m - 2:03.2 - 27
8 min - 488m - 2:02.9 - 28
10 min - 491m - 2:02.1 - 30

This is a different kind of hurt compared to the other erg pieces. Hard to describe, but just awful. Definitely happy with the end result. A good test.

And because the title mentions running, I should probably talk about about. I ran close to 1 mile on Saturday. Okay, I'm being generous; it was .85 miles. My GF and I were out in the mountains volunteering at a training run. The weather was too beautiful to not run, but I kept putting it off. On our way to the finish area, she dropped me off at the top of a Gap where the trail comes out to meet the road for a few feet before ducking back into the woods. I wasn't 100% ready to go, but powered up the Garmin, tightened the laces and headed downhill. Downhill running probably wasn't the best choice, but it was something. I was much more tentative than usually and taking baby steps on all the switchbacks. It felt (and probably looked) as if it were my first time running trails, but I was fine with going slow. The hip felt okay and I made sure to have 3 beers and several swigs of Wild Turkey with Honey to numb any pain. We stayed in a cabin near Luray and I spent a little time in and out of the hot tub as hydrotherapy. It's legit.

The next day I was more sore. I don't think it was due to the running, but to standing around all day. We volunteered for another run on Sunday, which included more standing, but in cold and rainy weather. No fun. A couple hours in the car coming home made the hip flexors pretty angry. Getting in the workouts and stretching have been helping, but I need to be much more diligent about it.

In the meantime, I'm going to try running this weekend and hit up some of the trails for the BRR 50 mile course. I want to see how it reacts to a flatter surface.

I should purchase some Wild Turkey just in case things start hurting.


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