#Sub60: 6 of 61

Sub 60 10k, Zaimu Challenge
Today I ran 4 miles at conversation pace. This was workout number 6 of 61 in my sub 60 10k training program. Officially, my first training run was workout number 4 – also a 4 mile run. For the past couple of years, I've run 3 days most weeks. Sometimes more and rarely less. Prior to that, with a different life schedule and on flatter land, I ran 4 days. I'd been planning to modify my workout schedule to add a fourth day, so this was an upside to the program. I gave myself credit for workouts 1 and 2, as my standard running schedule mirrored those pretty well. I "skipped" workout 3 as that was the day I discovered the plan and it was too late at night by then. So Sunday was my first…
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Running Buddha

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
A funny thing happened yesterday. While searching for the image to accompany my blog, I suddenly felt "some kind of way." I'm not sure what that phrase really means (ha), but I felt excitement and a sort of recognition, seeking and finding yet another runner. Not just runners... I've been seeking and finding elite track athletes. Women who spend hours a week training their bodies to be efficient and fast. Side note: they're all fine, too.  Yassss! [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="218"] Mikele Barber[/caption] The feeling surprised me because although I was sprinter in high school, I didn't really enjoy the work that went into it. As a kid, I loved racing classmates and neighbors. Sprinting felt like flying, and I could count on being first or really close. But running varsity track wasn't exactly fun. It…
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7, 8, 9…

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
In 2014, I began a running plan via my RunKeeper app. It's a fat burning plan, and alternates intervals with steady runs to increase your fitness level. The app features several such plans for goals like run a 5k (3.1 miles), run a 5k in less than 30 minutes, and so on. Although I don't enter races, I run 5ks and a rare 10k (6.2 miles), as part of a regular exercise regimen. While perusing the plans back then, I noticed a 7-mile training run included to build endurance for a 5k. At that point I was a consistent 4-mile runner and 7 miles seemed daunting. It was a little too far outside my comfort zone, and after all, I was just a casual runner. The goal and the fear intrigued me, though. I filed it in the back of my…
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Setbacks and setups

Zaimu Challenge
A wise person once said, A setback is just a setup for a comeback. Now, I didn't really have a setback, and I'm not looking to come back from (or to) anything. But I heard this phrase in my head as I got myself in gear late this evening. Today was sort of a bust as far as productivity goes. Because of my work schedule, my Mondays are usually pretty streamlined and predictable. But because I didn't set myself up for success last night, I paid for it in lost opportunities. I'm up later than I'd like to be, but I am syncing my Garmin to be ready for my run tomorrow. After that, I'll mix my endurance formula and lay out my running gear. There are a couple more…
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One step. 10k.

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
Today I began a 10k training program. I started on Day 3, as I'd already completed the equivalent of the first two days on my regular regimen. I ran my standard distance – 4 miles – so it was an easy entry. My distance running has been primarily self-taught/self-guided until now. I've been comfortable, and now that I'm fully settled into my new life, I'm ready to break boundaries. I want to prove to myself that I can set and accomplish goals with consistency and commitment. These ingredients are sometimes lacking in my creative endeavors, and the combination of structure, challenge and discipline will reap benefits in the weeks and months to come. Today's run was to be conversation pace, defined on this plan as 11:15-11:30 minutes per mile. I nailed it…
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In progress

Running Buddha, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="224"] Ajee' Wilson[/caption] Today I ran another 4 miler. I don't generally run two days in a row, but rain is forecast for tomorrow, so I had to get it in. I had modest goals – namely maintaining yesterday's performance with the addition of a slightly faster warm up mile. To my surprise and delight, I crushed it. I pushed the warm up mile and was progressively faster on all miles thereafter. I even dropped my average pace by 30 seconds.  That's pretty shocking, and in truth, I hit my target. As in, what I expected to be doing after a couple of weeks of effort. Next steps? Keeping this up long term, and not just as a quick trick a couple of days here and there. I'm still taking…
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Beyond the usual

Running Buddha, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
My usual run is four miles at a steady pace. Sometimes I do a faster three, or a slower five or six, but on a typical day, it's four – two out and back. I strive for negative splits, each mile faster than the last. But I haven't focused on overall pace in ages. In the past couple of months, I've added some interval training. So some days I do my steady four and others it's sprint work, or longer faster bouts, with periods of low intensity to recover. I selected a fat burning plan, rather than one for speed building. That said, it's reasonable to expect speed gains when you put your newly optimized lungs and legs to the test. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="318"] Monica Hargrove being badass.[/caption] I haven't done that. On my four-milers, I take…
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