Friday, January 29, 2010

Doin Alright

The big question of the day... Would I, or would I not go for my evening run. I had every intention of doing so, and more often than not with me, intention is a force in motion. I hauled myself up off the couch at 8 PM and headed to the gym. I figgered that the treadmill would at least be softer on me than the pavement. I passed on temperatures in the high 50's.

There were more people at the gym than I thought there would be. Still, plenty of treadmills were open. I picked the one with ESPN on the TV right in front and proceeded to get my run on. I really like the warm up and cool down espoused in the training book. I walked for two minutes, walked briskly for two more minutes, then ran painfully slow for 1 minute before kicking it up to 5 mph. After a couple of minutes of that, I kicked it up to 5.5 and I was on my way.

I can definitely tell that my body is responding to my training. My HR stayed below 140 for the first 5-10 minutes. Then it settled in at 145, which was perfect. From there on out, I executed a run 10/walk 1 cycle. About half way through, the endorphins dulled the pain in my ankle. Well enough in fact to raise the speed to 5.8 mph. I didn't hold it there too long, as this caused my HR to shoot up out of my target zones, and if you know anything about me, I'm all about the digits ;-)

At the end of the day, my 45 minute run went well. The ankle held up well, and I was able to log the 3.5 to 4-ish miles I felt like I needed. My ankle, today, is letting me know that I did the right thing. We're gonna get through this week just fine.

Have a great weekend y'all!

Wes

15 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
I am glad to hear that your treadmill run went great! Have an awesome weekend:)

Annette said...

Glad to hear you're "doin' alright"! I've been remiss in my blog reading for way too long! Glad to see good news on your front! Keep it up!

Firefly's Running said...

Yayyy! Nice job! Embrace the treadmill.

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

well i came home and did my normal check through blogland on friday. After reading this I wanted you to know I jumped on my trainer and hammer my friday evening workout.

Thanks WES!!

Missy said...

Friday eve workouts are hard for me too. I try not to put them off ... the call of beer or happy hour is overwhelming.

Carolina John said...

Good! glad the ankle is feeling better bro. hang in there.

LBTEPA said...

Take care of that ankle darl (worried frown)

Smithposts said...

Nice...getting to the gym and on the treadmill! Glad the ankle is doing better!

Joe said...

Good news on the ankle, Wes. Keep 'er rollin'!

Run for Chocolate said...

My gym is chuck full of people at night. Its kinda fun to watch them all while I run though.

Kevin said...

Good to hear the ankle is ok

Lisa said...

Glad the ankle is holding up. :-)

And good job on the treadmill. I just cannot make myself run on the treadmill. can't do it.

Richard said...

Keep building! Hope the ankle feels better. Thansk for thefeedback on my swim technique. I did the breaststroke until last year and I am still trying to get better. The swim is my WEAKEST.

Jess said...

Glad everything is going well for the ankle. Bummer you had to miss out on such beautiful temps, but you're probably right about the treadmill softness.

Runner Leana said...

I'm glad to hear that your ankle hung in there! Always good news!