Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy birthday.....

...to ME!! Thirty-two today. Speed work last night. Instead of going to a track I went to a trail with lots of rollers. Some big, some small. All my superfast running friends from my running group do it this way so I figure it has to work. On the schedule: 5 miles w/4 x 800 What I did: 1st 800: 4:14 (bpm 172) 2nd 800: 4:15 (bpm186) *about 200ft climb 3rd 800:4:08 (bpm 186) 4th 800: 4:05 (bpm 183) I'm happy with the last two. They were a little flatter. I really tried to concentrate on pushing up those hills. Last night I realized how much I miss hill workouts. I used to alternate months. 4 weeks speedwork, 4 weeks hill work. My major overriding goal this year is to get faster. I am not happy with the pace I am right now. I feel like I work hard, I put in the time, I eat great, I sleep well, I do the speed sessions why is it not happening. It's frustrating. I'm on the fence about doing a tri this summer. Some days I'm all jacked up about it, other days I just want to focus on my running. I know, I know - It's great cross-training, but to be honest I already do enough cross-training. Part of me thinks I should just focus on my running goals.

17 comments:

ShutUpandRun said...

Happy birthday to you. Hope it's a great one.

Amy said...

Focus on what you love and if you're not feeling tri's bag em. Or, maybe sign up for a sprint on a whimp if you change your mind later in the summer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can't believe you have a final on your b-day. You better drink at least one glass of wine after. Hope you have a great day!!!!

Jocelyn said...

Happy birthday! nothing better than running on your bday :) hope its a great one

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a great one with some fabulous wine :) It's my husband's bday today too!

Great job on your speedwork run!

Niki said...

Happy Birthday!! Great job on the speen workout!

the gazelle said...

happy birthday to you! YAY! I hope the finals are going well.

As for the tri-, I totally recommend this one: http://www.racecenter.com/allwomens/

It will fun & easy (and you would have a free place to stay in Portland!)

D10 said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I say don't force something your heart isn't in to. If you don't feel like doing a tri than don't. If you want to get faster focus on your running. Tri's will always be there, plus the added speed will only help you.

Missy said...

Happy Birthday! yay, I'll have a drink for you tonite.

You know me, tri, tri, tri:) If you're not in love with the idea, don't do it.

Chloe said...

Happy Birthday! Drink a bottle of wine. :)

But I agree with Amy - maybe just try a sprint to see how you like it? I love tris because I get bored easly. I'd much rather to a 1/2 IM then a full marathon any day!

X-Country2 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I go back and forth on tris as well. I see the appeal, but I just enjoy running too much. Espeically this time of year.

Tara said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! have a great one! :)

Alisa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

After marathon is over I want to work on getting faster too. I've love to call 9:XX easy pace =).

If you decide on a Tri let me know and I'll sign up too. I haven't fully committed to one yet but have a few on my radar. As Amy said, you have plenty of places to stay here in Portland. I'm also willing to come to Washington or go somewhere else =).

Chic Runner said...

Happy Birthday! :) Hope you have a wonderful day! :) Also, you are a hardcore swimmer girl! I am just a little baby fish in that water. I gave you a little shout out on my blog too! :)

joyRuN said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Kristen!!

Excellent job on the speedwork :)

And I 100% agree with you previous post - I definitely run a lot better in the morning too.

seejessrun said...

Happy birthday! Treat yourself to some extra wine. :)

Amy said...

Hey - thanks for the compliment on the suit. I got it here:

http://www.splish.com/

Fits true to size compared to like a speedo. Maybe you should get one for your birthday?!

Happy weekend!!!! Hope you aced your finals.

aron said...

happy belated birthday!!!! hope it was a GREAT one!