Random Rantings and Ravings from a Slow-Poke Runner in the Heart of the South. (A Weeekly (sort of) Blog about running and just about anything else)

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Are you committed?!!


Several years ago I worked out at a gym where the owner (a former meathead) would often volunteer himself as a personal trainer during our morning workout. My brother and I were working out one morning when he volunteered to assist us in a bicep routine. He worked us out pretty good but it was really humorous because, during the workout, he would repeatedly ask us, getting louder each time, "Are You Committed??!!! ARE YOU COMMITTED??!!!" I felt like I was in a Saturday Night Live skit with Hans and Frans!

Well, when I woke up this morning and it was in the mid-40's with a steady rain, those words came to mind. It's been a few weekends since I have completed my long run and I really didn't want to miss another one. As I looked out the window at the cold rain, the Ultimate 5K Plan I posted not long ago came to mind. And that is when I asked myself the question, "Are you committed?"

I told myself I would eat breakfast, check my e-mail, and surf the net for a few minutes; and THEN I would get ready for the run. I am happy to say that, not only did I follow through with my plan; but as I walked out the door about 9 am, the rain completely stopped leaving me with perfect running conditions!

Here are my totals for the week (my first week of "the plan"):

Total Miles: 21.1

Avg Pace: 8:59 min/mile

Long Run: 7.30 miles (9:01 pace)

Speed work: 6 X .25 mile PI at 8:00 min/mile

Hills: 6 minutes

I felt pretty good today and was pretty happy with the pace for my long run. I hope my speedwork and hills help me get faster because I have a long way to go to run the race on April 1st in under 26 minutes!

Have a great weekend!


Blogger PLANET3RRY said...

You have a "Rain Rule" too? OH MY GAAA! Just Kidding.

Great job on getting out of the door. That's the biggest hurtle that we, as runners, sometimes face. There is abook out there called EAT THE FROG, which says chose the worst thing you have to do (The Frog) and just eat it first because once it's done everything else is easy. COnvincing ourselves to get and run on a yucky day is our frog... I ate one on Saturday!

Looking at your times, they look pretty good. I would try to push your pace intervals to closer to 7:30-7:45. Your long run pace is awesome! But you want your body to remember speed for the 5k not endurance on the long runs.

3:04 AM

Blogger Shane (mississip) said...

I think you are right on pushing my pace more on speed days. I just can't seem to run significantly faster for shorter distances. I HATE speed workouts but I guess I'll swallow that big toad on Tuesday! :-)

4:57 PM


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