Making Fitness Gains!

Sometimes when I don’t post for a day or two, it means I have literally nothing to say. Sometimes when I don’t post, it’s because I’m busy and don’t have time to post. This is the latter case.

Since I haven’t actually talked a ton about fitness on this fitness blog lately, let’s start with that.

I definitely went through a long workout slump after the marathon. Work was crazy and, honestly, I’d lost some motivation. This was part of the reason I started using Jess as a running coach. I knew I wanted to try for a PR at the D.C. Half, but I didn’t know if I had it in myself to push myself and I needed some accountability.

Knowing I have to “report” to Jess has definitely helped, and my fitness levels are getting back to where they used to be.

Friday, I had some pain in the arch of my left foot (mild plantar fascitis?), so I decided to spin instead of run. A few months back, I took a Flybarre class and bought a credit for a Flywheel class, too, knowing that if I didn’t use it right away, once I finally used it, it’d feel like a free class since I wasn’t paying then!

Screen shot 2013-02-24 at 11.00.26 AM.png

I don’t spin often, so it felt hard, but as you can see above, I performed better than I did the last time I went! Higher average speed, higher power, longer distance. I was really happy when I logged in and saw that Friday.

Saturday morning, Jess was hosting run club at the E. 66th Street Lululemon, and the scheduled workout for the day was a 10K time trial…which just so happened to be the workout she had put on my schedule. Sneaky, that Jess is. My stomach has been a little off lately, so I had some Ucan before I left. I learned my lesson about underfueling a few weeks ago, that’s for sure.

Jess said that the 10K time trial was for us to use as an assessment of where our fitness is, and to run it at race pace. We ran the .8 to the park and ran the Joe Kleinerman 10K route. My Garmin had died, and I borrowed Jess’, so I don’t remember my exact splits, but I remember looking down in the first mile and seeing I was running a 7:30 or 7:40-something mile. That first mile felt really hard, and when I looked at the watch, I understood why. I dialed it back a bit after that, and was running around 8:10ish pace until, about 2 miles in, I had to stop to tie my shoe. I think the stop probably took about 30 seconds or so, and my pace after that never got faster than 8:30s.

My final time ended up being 52:51, an 8:31 pace, and just about 30 seconds off of my 10K PR. I felt like death on Cat Hill and not awesome on the flats, but, hey, I felt awesome on the downhills! I think with a little more rest and a little bit less wine, I would have felt better and run faster. While inputting this time into various race calculators doesn’t indicate a half PR for me, Jess thinks I can do it, so I’m going to go with that.

Thoughts on race calculators? Do you think they are accurate at predicting race times? I don’t think they’re always particularly accurate, but that doesn’t stop me from playing with them.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can input a race time, and the calculator will spit out what your time might be at an equivalent effort. Jack Daniels and McMillan are two popular ones.)

8 comments on “Making Fitness Gains!

  1. Katie H.

    I think it’s so difficult to replicate a race pace when you’re not actually at an event. The adrenaline from all the other runners, the spectators, and knowing that it’s “game day” always help me to increase my pace, and hold that faster pace when I wouldn’t have been able to do it during a training run. I think you can PR! Keep at it, girl!

    1. Theodora

      @Katie H.: That is very true, and as soon as I hit post, I wish I had said that–that I tried really hard to fake myself into believing it was a race, but my brain was like shut up, it’s not a race!

  2. Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad

    I like using race calculators. I am not sure how accurate I think they are but I think it can offer a good guideline. I hear the McMillan calculator can be overly optimistic but it might help me to push the pace if I see something say that a certain pace could be a possibility. Does that make sense?

  3. Emily

    Isn’t it awesome to see how hard you’ve worked in a Flywheel class and be able to compare between your rides? Flywheel is coming to Philly this month and I can’t wait!

  4. Gianna

    I am constantly using race calculators. That being said though – I am the opposite of most – my last half of fall where I pr’d pace was 8:37 (and most my halfs of fall where I ‘raced’ were around that) – and I am yet to hit near the pace I should for 5K/4/5 mile/10K based on that. Always a good amount slower than predicted.
    But I do use the calculators for training – and try hitting paces I need to to PR my next races!

  5. Nicole

    I just found your blog and its so awesome that you have lost 50 pounds. I “only” have to lose 20 pounds, but it’s so hard. Right now I am reading ybout bing-eating and I also really dream about running one day.


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.