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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Short Rant and Progression Intervals - RunLog 3-29-16

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Quick Rant!!!

Tonight I was driving home right at dusk. As I was driving along I saw something in the road up ahead moving. Being a somewhat careful driver, I slowed down and it was a good thing that I did. A freaking runner was up ahead. The big problem was black shorts and black top, no reflective gear anywhere, the guy might have been stylish in the gym, but he was damn near invisible outside running at dusk.

Runners, if you are running outside, dress to be seen and if you are running when it is dark or getting dark wear reflective gear for your own safety!!! I really don't want to read about another runner getting hit by a vehicle or becoming a bad statistic or worse having hit another runner on my conscience. That would really suck.

End of Rant.

This morning we went out for a run and got to the end of the drive-way and Bennie looked both ways for the locomotive that was coming from nowhere and turned tail and headed back up the driveway. I had to laugh, there was no locomotive, just the wind chugging along at 20-30 mph.

Yeah, it was that windy and he flat out refused to go for a run in it. So we walked around the yard and I decided to have an early lunch, then rest up for a hard for me Interval workout on the treadmill this afternoon.

Yep, a nice progression interval work-out.

I used the PI N1 Tri's v2's that I got for being a member Pearl Izumi Run Champion team for free and while they did just fine, I am not thrilled with the lacing system and will probably put in a pair of LockLaces which work better for me. Otherwise they were fine, although the heel initially felt a little looser than the N1 Roads, although I can't be sure if it is simply the lacing or what. I gotta do some experimenting now that I have turned them into my primary treadmill shoes.

Also the mileage of the run is way off compared to the treadmill results 4.25 to the Garmin 4.0, so the paces are a little skewed compared to the actual effort. I never calibrated the foot pad after moving it from a couple of shoes and it really showed how off it was. Guess I gotta do that one of these days.

Okay, so what did I actually do:

  • .50 @ 7.2  -- warm-up
  • .50 @ 8.8 
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 8.9
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.0
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.1
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.2
  • 1.0 @ 7.2

Here is what the Garmin graph looked like:

I am going to whine for a second, this was tough!!! I am about 10-15 pounds over where I will be in July and this is more of a July workout than a March workout for me now. The added lardage sucked and I know that it has to go away if I want to run this kind of pace, even for short distances. 

To say that I was sucking wind by that last quarter is an understatement.

Even though the workout was hard, I did finish it and felt pretty decent once I cooled down. The faster paces were faster, but not stoopid fast, so the legs felt strong, but the rest of me...well I could feel them there quarters.


  1. It is funny - I am extremely accommodating of runners, bikers and walkers ... so long as they are at least TRYING. But the 'invisible pedestrian' getup, people running (or biking or walking) side-by-side on a busy road and so on ... annoys me REALLY fast. Weird how that works, eh?

    1. Yeah, I think it has something to do with us knowing what they "should" be doing versus what they "are" doing :-). Besides it has something to do wit the lawful good thing hehehhee


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