Thursday, August 25, 2011

Going strong and a new plan

This week i was determined to start running 4 days a week again.  I"m not going to lie it hasn't been easy, but as of tonight I have run three times already with the fourth coming on saturday. 

Monday - 2 miles @ 11:43 pace
Wednesday - 3 miles @ 11:53 pace
Thursday  - 2 miles @ 11:06 pace

I readjusted my half training plan, using SmartCoach from  The pace times that I originally had were actually too easy and I had been under them by quite a bit every time. With the new plan it will still be easy to get under pace on my weekday runs, but my long runs are going to be more of a challenge.  The part of the plan I dont like is how all the runs during the week are the same pace, short runs and long runs.  I can maintain quicker times on the short runs, it's that long run that does me in. 

During my long runs I dont look at or worry about my pace while i'm running. However, with the quicker pace and my goal of breaking 3 hours at the half, Saturday's 6 miles will be a test to see if i can stay at or under the pace i need to.


  1. SO cool, Crystal!!!
    You are getting so fast!


  2. I dont worry about my pace either while trying to "run"

  3. Nice job with the running! I have learned to run slower on my long runs I used to try to do them as fast as I could, now I am learning that is not really the best thing!

  4. You're doing a great job! I think it's important to be able to adjust your training schedule as needed.

  5. I think its great to re-adjust your plan to work for you. I totally ignore all the pace stuff and for me just run. I usually do better for some reason on my long runs but my pace will not be winning any races anytime soon!

  6. Yeah it's good to just run at a pace that feels good, instead of looking at the clock all the time.

  7. I am working on doing long runs at a slower pace too.

    Good to reassess occasionally.

    coming from The Fitness Friday Blog Hop.

  8. I can't wait until the weather starts cooling off in Tx so I can start running again at night. Great job Crystal!!! How did it go today?

  9. Great plan. Good luck with 4 days!

    Some weeks it seems impossible to get 4 running days in. Life doesn't always cooperate with the plan LOL

    I just started setting a goal pace for long and short runs. I like the focus. And it forces me to pace my husband and friend which is an additional motivator for maintaining the specific pace.

    Now I'm off to check out SmartCoach!