Thursday, January 23, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. I think I've found a training plan that will work with my schedule. Since I'm focusing on rebuilding this year, I wanted to start with something basic, but challenging. And it needs to work with the time I have during the week to run. has a program called Smart Coach. Basically you plug in a recent race time, a race distance you are training for, how many miles you average per week and your desired intensity level. Since I didn't run many races last year and my last couple were in the heat of summer or had other reasons for not posting a great time, I ended up using my last great race, the Kennebec River Rail Trail 5K back in June when I got a PR. I was worried that this might also not be great one to use as a standard and the times to hit in the training plan would be too fast for my current fitness level, but it's the best I've got. I chose the Sugarloaf 15K in May as my goal race. I'm not sure at this point if I'll actually be running it, but it's a good middle-ground distance that I feel comfortable building toward. This plan has me running four times a week, up from my usual three, but I think I can handle getting up early one day a week to this case is tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes! Anyway, the mileage and paces are totally doable and seem to focus on easy running with a day of tempo or speed work once a week.

2. The freezing temperatures are back and a tempo run was on the training plan for today. I decided to hit up the local gym and run on a treadmill. It's a small gym with mostly older equipment, but it is relatively inexpensive. Actually today they said I didn't have to pay at all since it was my first time there! So the guy at the desk tells me where the locker room and cardio rooms are and I head to the locker room to hang up my jacket and then head up to find a treadmill. I was thinking, "hmm...that's kind of funny that there is only one locker room." More on this in a minute. So in the cardio room there is a row of ellipticals on one wall, a row of bikes on the opposite wall, and five treadmills along the back wall. Three of them seriously must be 20-something years old and I wonder how fast they would actually go. Anyway, all were free so I got on a newer one that was pretty nice and started out at an easy pace for a one mile warm up. Then three tempo miles at 8:11 pace. They were actually 8:12 pace because of how the mileage converts, but close enough. I felt super strong for all three and then had a one mile cool down. Success! So I head back to the locker room to collect my belongings and now see on the door "MEN". Oops! Someone was in there, but not in the first room so I snuck in really quick and ran out without getting caught. Yeah, I had to walk a little further to get to the women's locker room. It all makes sense now! I didn't take any pictures on the treadmill since there were other people in there and I'm self-conscious like that.

So THIS is the correct locker room!

3. I don't really have much else to report other than reminding you to enter my Core Power Fit Kit Giveaway!


  1. In my book, you know the weather is bad when you're willing to run on a dreadmill. That Smart Coach looks like a cool program.

  2. I DARE you to take pics with people around!!!!


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