Every year for the past few years I've been running the 5k for the 4th of July. I'll be doing it again this year, but I need to work on my endurance a little. I'm back on nightshift so even on my days off I have to stay awake late. I'm planning on using the kinect to help me exercise at night. I'm also training myself for the 5k this year. I've been running 3-4 times a week since the end of April. Though, I had to take a break for about two weeks when I transitioned to night shift. That was kind of a hectic time with the schedule change, wife's birthday, and mothers day. But I've been back on it last week and this week.
Today I ran 3 miles exact. Though I think my GPS on my phone got a little wacky at some point. That should have been closer to the 3.14 miles for a 5k. But oh well.
Here's my stats for today's run.
Total time: 37:53 minutes
Average min/mile: 12:38
Total distance: 3.0 miles
So at my work, I know a lot of extremely intelligent people. They are probably the smartest people I know. The one thing they always tell me in our process is that we are only as good as our measurement. This is entirely true. If you set a goal you need to have a measurement down to see if you're traveling closer to or further away from that goal. This applies to exercise as well. So, I'm going to keep track of a run journal with my time, speed, distance.
So for contrast here's my stats from last week.
Total time: 32:42
Average min/mile: 13:44
Total distance: 2.38 miles
I'm not too concerned about distance, as I'm always running a minimum of two miles. I'm also not too concerned about my total time since that will fluctuate with distance. I'm looking at average min/mile. Today's run went really well. I felt great, respitory rate was constant and my rate of speed was much better my second half of the run. My goal is to be under a 10 minute mile by July 4th. Last year I had a competition with my old boss and I won. This year I plan to do the same, but I also want to beat my last year average min/mile which was 11:30. So time for me to get crackin'!