Days 121 & 122: First week of 10k training

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I know many of you still have to train in the snow and cold, but here where I live the spring is in full swing. I am surprised and delighted by seeing the trees being covered in flowers more and more day by day. I go run in the park more often now and it is so wonderful. Even though the temperatures are not much higher than a month ago, the sun and the views certainly make the weather feel nicer. And oh, the sunsets… in the picture above is the view from my window. I feel blessed and so lucky to be able to enjoy this view so often.

The last week was an example for me how my training will look like the coming two months. I suspect that I am not eating enough for the increased physical activity, as I am getting hungry and tired easily. Fortunately all I have at home to binge on is fruit and nuts, but it’s a signal that I need to either increase my calorie intake or my protein intake. I’ll be experimenting in the next two weeks or so and hopefully I’ll find the proper way to fuel myself.

Saturday

I woke up for the morning yoga class and head off to my slow 5k through the park directly afterwards. It was slow indeed, but I didn’t mind – it was what it was supposed to be. I had all the time to pause and take in the environment and even take some pictures. Other runners were passing me, but I resisted the urge to speed up.

Distance: 5.4km
Time:       37:41

Sunday

Do you know what does not make one well prepared for a fast-paced run? Drinking and dancing at a rave till 6 a.m. does not. I had a great night and a short rest, but that resulted in a difficult run.
The training plan called for a fast run above my anaerobic threshold, so I headed up at a very fast pace, and I managed to keep it up for about 3km. After that, I noticed I was slowing down noticeably, and I did what I haven’t done for a long time now: I took a walking break, and I felt OK about it. Now that’s a big deal. After the walking break I did not feel particularly refreshed or much better, but I was able to pick up my pace and finish the distance in the way that I was supposed to. I did the day 10 of 30 days of yoga with Adriene while looking out of my window and enjoying this:

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Distance: 5.1km
Time:       30:59

Is there spring already where you live, or do you still run in the snow?
Do you enjoy the view from your windows?
Are there any particular things you feel blessed for recently?

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8 comments

  1. chris · March 22, 2015

    The fuel part is totally interesting, will be cool to know what the outcome is. It’s nice to see how those 2 runs are completely different, also at my plan. Very fast run today, very well done. I am glad you felt ok to walk, because it is.

    It’s spring time here where I run, but you know that. My view out of my window is a schrödinger cat. On one side its less nice than yours, while on the other side it can be nicer. It’s just different. Sunsets you have way nicer ones, I dont even see mine. But I can see mountains here.

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  2. irun4pizza · March 23, 2015

    Other than the small amount of flurries we will get in the beginning of this week, we are in full blown spring mode. Not much vegetation yet, that usually comes for us in April, but temps are in the 50’s and that is good enough for me!

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    • aliceruns · March 23, 2015

      That’s great! April’s not far away as well.

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  3. runsaltrun · March 23, 2015

    Awesome week and BEAUTIFUL photos!!! I live in a very urban area so I don’t get beautiful scenery like this often. Spring is just starting to arrive here finally. It’s still cold, but I think I saw some buds on a tree haha. I’m remaining optimistic! I hope you had a lovely weekend!

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    • aliceruns · March 23, 2015

      Oh I did have a great weekend, just I never seem to find time for everything that I want to do. And I’m happy to hear you’re seeing spring finally! YAY!

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  4. BabetaRuns · March 23, 2015

    Hahaha! I’ve been there!
    Drinking way too much and not sleeping and then attempting a run!!

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