Running · swimming

Slowing Down The Splits

So my biggest problem is curbing my enthusiasm in anything that I do.  Why would that be a problem?  Well if you’re trying to increase stamina and distance on your runs you need to pace yourself better.  In other words I can’t run a 9 minute mile in the first mile of a four mile run.  My average pace for 4 miles is 10:13/mile.  So when I break out at a sub 9:00 I’m really hurting my chances of making it 4 miles without stopping.  Stopping really kills my motivation and sense of accomplishment.  I’m going for a straight distance run…not an interval run.

Take today’s run for example.  I started a little too fast the beginning and even though I made myself go much slower on the second half of the first mile the damage was already done.


I did okay for mile two and three but mile four I really started to drag.  I need to keep my pace no faster than 10:00/mile for the first three miles.  On mile four and five I can increase my pace if I’m able to.

I’m still carrying too much weight to go much faster.  I’ve got another 30 lbs to lose before I feel comfortable to pursue a 10 mile goal.  I’d like to be there by January 1st but that is too ambitious for me.  I’m not much of a dieter and I’m trying to slowly modify my calorie intake so it’s something I can maintain versus a diet fad.  Sure I could do Weight Watchers and drop 35 lbs by Christmas but I KNOW I would gain it all back.  Yup…slow and steady…that’s me!
Going to try and double up on cardio today with a quick swim tonight (pending schedule and whether the pool is open for lap swimming).  Post swim workouts are the BEST feeling in the world…even better than post yoga workouts.  Both stretch but swimming does wonders for all my trouble spots (especially my back – love the stretch on the flip turns)
  • Warm-Up (1200)
    • 200 Free
    • 200 Back
    • 300 Kick (alternate 50s with free and breast)
    • 500 Pull (with paddles and buoy)
  • Sets (1375)
    • 10 x 50 Free on 1:00
    • 5 x 100 IM Drill on 2:00
    • 5 x 75 IM Swim w/15 second rest
  • Warm Down (200)
    • 100 Free
    • 100 Back
Total: 2775 meters (estimated time: 60 minutes)

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