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2013-03

Goals

  • Average 4 runs per week
  • Average 21km per week
  • Avoid hilly terrain, seek flat surfaces
  • Control breathing
  • Find a device that will help me track heart rate throughout the day (not just while running)

Runs

Day 1

Distance 10.2km
Breathing Excellent
Pain None
Thirst None
Muscular fatigue None
Location Providence

Ran twice for a total of 10.2km, felt extremely well, only stopped to tie my shoes. Hilly terrain, up and down, felt very very well, no pain, thirst or fatigue, only heavy breathing when going up steep hills.

Day 3

Distance 21.1km
Breathing Good
Pain None
Thirst Manageable
Muscular fatigue Manageable
Location San Francisco

Initially sat out to go for a ~15km mile, but ended up running more. Running through San Francisco, I found a lot of hills, some of them really steep, I was able to run through them but with an obvious effect on breathing.

Pain came in mostly on my knees in the final part of the run and after the run.

I had my first drop of water around km 15, wasn't too bad before that, but I ended up drinking too much at that point and that affected the end of my run.

Day 6

Distance 7.31km
Breathing Good
Pain None
Thirst None
Muscular fatigue None
Location Providence

Was a very cold day, I kept most of the terrain flat, with just a small number of up and downhills, not very steep, and focusing on breathing I was able to control the hyperventilation.

The weather was very cold, and it rained for a while.

Day 7

Distance 5k
Breathing Good
Pain None
Thirst None
Muscular fatigue None
Location Treadmill

Since there was a snowstorm I ran inside, in a treadmill, I felt mentally exhausted immediately and didn't stop thinking that I was running at any point.

Day 9

Distance 9k
Breathing A little bit hyperventilated
Pain None
Thirst None
Muscular fatigue Only on uphill
Location Providence

I ran towards the gym and back, doing quite a bit of uphill and downhill running.

Day 13

Distance 10.6k
Breathing A little bit hyperventilated
Pain A small annoyance on the right knee
Thirst Significant
Muscular fatigue Not relevant
Location Treadmill

I ended up running on the treadmill instead of outside, boredom gets the best of me when running on a treadmill, and I start increasing the pace to 4m km and get tired and hyperventilated after a while. Maintaining a steady pace on treadmill becomes quite hard, and there are so many distractions, like where within the space I'm running, the TV, the static surroundings, the tracking device, etc. If I'm going to continue using the treadmill I need to find a way to be able to do without getting distracted.

Day 16

Distance 10.2k
Breathing A little bit hyperventilated
Pain None
Thirst None
Muscular fatigue Not relevant
Location Providence

Day 19

Distance 4.16k
Breathing A little bit hyperventilated
Pain None
Thirst None
Muscular fatigue Not relevant
Location Treadmill

Day 20

Distance 10k
Breathing Very good
Pain None
Thirst Significant
Muscular fatigue Not relevant
Location Treadmill

I ran at a good pace throughout the run and did at sprint at the end, finishing at 15km/h with an average of 12.2km/h, 4:55m pace. Felt very strong.

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