Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tempo Lunch + Thank You!

After yesterday's failure to get out to run in the dark early morning, I was able to make a bit of time and go out for an early lunch run. Being a bit short on time, I made it a tempo run, thinking I could shave a few minutes that way.

Going back to a familiar route after a long absence from it is somewhat like seeing an old friend that moved out of town. While there has been a few changes over time, making things more interesting as you need to catch up, the basic features are the same and I was reminded why I liked this course so much that I ran it at least twice a week over 2 years ago.
I can't say that the whole run was easy, but it definitively felt better than my other runs since I started training again. I feel like I'm getting back in the thick of things and even if I didn't meet my goal of finishing under 50 minutes (I did 50:41 according to the watch) I am pretty satisfied with my speed with the following lap times:
  • 4:44
  • 5:02
  • 5:14
  • 5:06
  • 5:09
  • 5:11
  • 5:13
  • 4:42
  • 4:53
  • 4:56
Maybe Atomic's Serial Killaz helped me maintain a more steady pace throughout the 10km
Another week or two of catch up training and I will be ready to start a marathon training plan, hopefully in time to catch up with the Los Angeles Marathon. Anybody knows a good 12 week plan? I have a 16 week plan that I can probably compress a bit :)

And a big Thank You! to all that commented yesterday! I also received offline comments so I'll be adding cans for those as well.


  1. I think it's amazing that you get out there at all in that awful cold weather. Well done on all counts! Are you running the Around the Bay in Hamilton next year? I'm planning to do it with a few friends - it would be great to meet up at the pasta dinner!

  2. Great job on the run, AND the Cans for Comments.

  3. Ooh, LA Marathon!! Not sure I'll ever do that one (not a warm weather fan) but I hear the new course is slick.