Monday, November 23, 2009

OMFG! Every journey starts with a single step...but Intervals, really!?!

Well today I started the FIRST 10k plan; it was somewhat of a rude awakening. Tonight I had 8 x 400m intervals, easy to say, easy to type…just plain painful! Still the scenery made up for things! Without access to a track I use the beach path.

Obviously conscious of my leg I tried to walk the line between not overdoing it straight away and enough effort to make it worth the while. It’s given me a good baseline on my splits which are repeated in some form for the next 12 weeks. I also put the first 6 miles on a new pair of Asics Kayano 16s, so far so good, I'll be reviewing them in the future; probably at the 100 mile mark.

You’ll see below that I was averaging around 1:50…I’ve got some work to do I need to get it down to 1:25!

Afterwards I headed off my Chiropractor afterwards who spent some serious time working on my shoulders which were as locked up as Harry Houdini; must have been carrying all those gels and blocks around at the weekend! Talking of which I am putting together a little Holiday contest to share the wealth...watch this space!

13 comments:

  1. My eyes are glued... me love contest :)

    btw - I KNOW THAT SHIRT YOU HAVE ON. Good stuff.

    I have my first intervals on Thursday. Yes - it is going to hurt.

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  2. That's a good start! McSpeedster!

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  3. Dang Stuart, you could have started out a bit easier than that! A nice little jog, or jaunt, or ramble perhaps? Straight into intervals? Sheesh!

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  4. Nice to have you back running. But intervals? Seriously! I had a pair of Kayanos way back. I found them to be too cushioned. Oh and my 'tub' of sports nutrition could fit into a small ziplock. You my friend need help.

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  5. Stuart, INTERVALS! At first I thought you need help when I saw the 'tub' of gels. Then when I read you were doing intervals for your first run back?? Glad to see you're out there.

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  6. Great intervals for a frist go after such a break. You will be down to target time sooner rather than later. Nice one.

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  7. Nice work! I'm sure you'll get down to 1:25.

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  8. no easing into that training plan! Good luck, welcome back to training :)

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  9. Great to see you back at it.

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  10. So true what you say..just how come we have to repeat step 1 so often; it sucks.

    Wish you a successful training.

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  11. Glad you're running again!!

    I've done the FIRST program for 10k and marathon. I love the track-work.

    I do best with it when I'm training for a triathlon as well because then I'm more motivated to do the cross training. (Otherwise I add recovery runs into the schedule.)

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  12. I LOVE intervals, but they are a beast and kick your butt every time! Nice job on getting back to running. Can't wait to hear your review on the 16s!

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  13. Glad to hear that you're making your way back.

    It's humbling (to say the least) to start at the beginning. I speak from experience.

    It is such a gift to be able to run. I think that the 'setbacks' help us to remember that.

    Great job Stuart!

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