Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fiery quads - Feeling strong!

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

Charles Darwin

After my not so great run last Monday, the rest of the week was really good. First of all, I now have a treadmill. A friend sold it to me for a very good price and I'm super excited. I have the best set-up...check it out!
It's in the sun room (still under construction), which allows me to feel like I'm outside. When I open the windows, I feel a nice breeze. Perfect!

So many things have gone right this week with my training. I'm really enjoying running by time instead of Kms. For some reason, I don't find myself stressing about how many Kms I still have to go. I know exactly for how long I will be running and it makes it easier for me to plan my runs. This week, I started my plyometrics/abs/strength workout, which I'll be doing once a week (explains the fiery quads). I also got out on my bike once and the weather was perfect. We had a really great week weather-wise. 

For today's run, I ended up doing 10K, as the plan was 70 minutes at LSD pace. Should be 7:25min/km, but was 7:04min/km (not so far off)...I took a gel before starting and I know it helped keep me from fading. The whole run felt really good. Speaking of gels, I tasted the banana/strawberry Gu and I really liked it a lot. Finally, the Fort is now open, which means a bathroom and fresh water at the half-way point. Yay!

I need to start taking pictures again when I go for runs or bike rides, I've been forgetting the camera. Today, despite the achy quads, I often had a smile on my face as I was running. It has been a while since I've felt so good out there...what a great feeling! The quads feel tight, but's a good ache :)

Have a great week everyone!


Char said...

Looks like your treadmill has a nice view.
Congrats on such a good week's worth of exercise.

Irene said...

That's a nice treadmill! It's fortunate that you have a nice sun room to put in your 'mill runs! Sweet!

Amy said...

Glad your training is going so well! I started running by time instead of distance this spring and I am enjoying it a lot - it seems to take some of the pressure off and allows me to enjoy my running more.
...and strawberry bananna is one of my favorite Gu flavors too!

Caroline said...

Je suis si jalouse!!!
un TM a la maison!!!!

happy for you the running is going well!

Giorgio said...

Your treadmill is situated next to a beautiful landscape :) its location is really perfect!

I sometimes take photos when I go for relaxing runs. I'm Glad your running program is going well! Have a nice week!

dawn said...

The new Pineapple GU is really yummy too! Isn't it so great when those great LSD runs come along! It really just feeds the runngng addiction :)

Marlene said...

Congrats on the new treadmill - great spot for it!! Well done on the 10K run too!!

Meg said...

I like your treadmill, I know you need one for the winter and that's the perfect spot for it!
I loved your last paragraph, "I had a smile on my face as I was running." Just awesome.

ajh said...

Love that you were smiling on your run. That placement of the treadmill in the windows is truly awesome!
So are you inspired to start du training? I had so so so much fun!

Kate said...

I'm so glad to hear about your happy running. :) You've done so much so right through being injured and being patient and really listening to your body, cross training, finding the answer for yourself, and getting back to training. A treadmill with a view is a pretty nice reward. :)

MomRunningFromCancer said...

That is a GREAT place for your treadmill - almost like being outside. Love it.

Hoping that your training is going well. I like the idea of running based on time - the miles / km will fall into place. The most important thing is to be on your feet / legs for long periods of time - so running based on time makes a lot of sense.

Jennifer said...

Nice TM! I can't believe I just said that...

I have been running by time for over a year now and find, like you, it works better for me, less stressing out about how much distance. I think it is a quality over quantity thing.

Good to see your training is going so well!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

Ah! I'm so jealous! I really want a treadmill in the house :)

Enjoy it!

Jill said...

AWESOME score on the TM and what a perfect location - wow! My TM is in my basement (aka: dungeon) and the one window there is tiny and not much fresh air. I think I'll build a sunroom on my house today!! :)

Soooooo happy to hear the running's going better....I agree, sometimes it's great to not worry about mileage and just go out and run. First time in probably year, I have no idea how many miles I'm running/week right now....and it's so liberating!

Happy week!! :)

Gaspegirl said...

I wish I could get a good breeze in our gym... it is the only thing missing in it! I use a fan :P

I am glad you had a great week... I am gonna blog about my not-so-good week last week - soon ;P

Make it a great day!

Robin said...

Beautiful spot for the treadmill! Sounds like a great week.

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on the mill and what a beautiful spot for it!
Glad to hear your running is going well. Sounds like everything is coming together!

racing dawn said...

Yay for a new treadmill!!! I really need to break down and purchase one too! It would make life a lot easier...I think?! :)

Nice run today!