Yesterday I did 6 x 800 @ 2:30 (12 MPH on the treadmill) with 2 minutes @ 7 MPH between reps at LA Fitness when it was packed after work.
There is absolutely no cool way to run 12 MPH on a treadmill. I have two girls next to me who are running like normal people and I’m clomping away, breathing heavy, pouring sweat, and wearing shorts that are shorter than theirs.
What are people thinking when they see me?
Is he trying to impress those girls? It’s not working.
I bet that guy lives in his parents basement.
He is definitely a virgin.
Is there any way to look cooler in this situation?
Maybe I need to own it more – after each interval just tap the person next to me on the shoulder and ask “Did you see how fast I was running?”
Tom wrote this post a month ago saying he more or less had bowling figured out and was going to throw a 300 game & 700 league series any day now. Neither has happened.
I didn’t write a post about it, but I’d felt the same way Tom did in that post over the last month. In my last 12 games in the league, I’d averaged 207. Last week I threw a 685 series. On Saturday I bowled 5 games and averaged 200.
Like Tom, I assumed my days of “bad” bowling (at least in the league) were over.
Last night was my back-to-reality moment. All three games were in the 160s and my series was about 500. What. Happened.
The realization that ebbs and flows are always occurring in every aspect of life is important. When things are going well you think you’ll only keep going and when things are going poorly you think you’ll never snap out of it. But eventually, you always break out of whichever one you’re in.
Temper your expectations. Never get too high or too low.
When I began this training plan, I told myself I was only going to drink one night a weekend. Then, one weekend I drank two nights in a row and almost died on my Sunday long run.
Yesterday, while half of all Philadelphians aged 21-30 were out at Erin Express, I stayed in. I wanted to go. I had friends going. But I have a 10 mile tempo today, and if I went out, I’d be in trouble.
I didn’t think staying in each weekend would be a big deal, and sitting here 0% hungover on Sunday morning is pretty nice, but I must say yesterday was the first time I really felt like I was missing out.
I guess what I’m saying is, I better freakin’ PR or I’m gonna be PISSED.
In the workplace, a scrum is a short recurring meeting where you go over what you’ve done and what you’re going to do. It holds people accountable and keeps everyone informed as to what others are working on. I have four scrums a week at work.
While in scrum today, I had this though sequence:
“Damnit, my armpits are sweating. I’ll probably have pit stains on my shirt by the end of this. Why didn’t I trim my armpits / chest hair this weekend? I said I was going to and I just never did.”
That’s when it hit me. I should start having personal scrums!
I’m the king of not doing things right away then forgetting about them. These personal scrums will change that. They’ll include everything from:
Following up with people
Feeding the cat
Checking my car oil
I’ll meet with myself for 5 minutes twice a week to go over my list. I just need to pick which days / times and then I’ll set the recurring alarms on my phone. I should add that to my SCRUM.
I’m four weeks into the training and this week was my best yet.
5 x (200, 200, 400) with equal rest. Goal was 34-high and 69-mid.
I averaged 34-low and 69-flat while speeding up towards the end. Not mind-blowing but I felt great. First time sub 70 pace felt good.
4 x 1600 with 1:00 rest, then 4 x 200 with equal rest. Goal was 5:30 and 35.
Ran 5:30 for all four, then about 35s for the 200s. Not a killer workout.
12 miles with a 9 mile tempo. Goal was 5:59.
Splits were a little uneven but I ran 53:48 (5:59 pace). The last time I did this I averaged 6:03s and pushed harder than I did today. I closed in a 5:46, kind’ve an accident, but I felt good so I opened up a little.
The most important update of all! My leg is actually getting BETTER.
I bought different shoes with more arch support and a cushion insert. It’s still not 100% pain-free, but it’s improved significantly. So much so that I’m confident I’m actually going to finish this training program.
My Thoughts So Far
Two thumbs up. The structure helps and I’m pumped to be back on the track consistently, though having some company could help! The weather has also cooperated big time.
I don’t know if everything will go exactly to plan, but I’m happy to be making a serious run at my PRs, and am starting to believe I’ll get there.