Running Log: Week 1

After not much deliberation from last week, I signed up for the Army Ten Miler. My plan is to log each week’s distance, time, weight, etc. here to keep myself motivated and on track to make sure I can finish the ten miles on October 7th. To give everybody some background: last year around this time, the longest I had ever run was about three miles or 30 minutes, whichever came first. Over the next six months, I worked up to 7-8 mile runs, which for me was about 70-80 minutes. I never ran a full ten miles before the race, but just hoped that my adrenalin and being around thousands of other runners would push me to the finish line. Thankfully it did, but this time around, I’ll have a little more experience which will help my training.

With the addition of not running after last year’s race, quitting volleyball due to a shoulder injury and studying, I gained a whopping 20 lbs. Around last October, I weighed in at 185 lbs, and last Friday when i went to the gym to start my training, I had jumped up to 205. Hopefully I can remember to weigh myself every time, and get back down to 185.

For me to train well, I’ve found that the following makes running go a little bit easier:

  1. Good running shoes – I have had Adidas, Saucony and New Balance running shoes, but none of them have been as good to me as my Brooks Adrenalin 5 and 6’s.
  2. Dri-Fit shirts – I sweat like crazy, so to stay feeling light weight and not bogged down, dri-fit shirts are a necessity.
  3. Running shorts – not the super short ones, but not the long basketball shorts. If you’re running long distances you don’t want to start a fire between your legs.
  4. iPod Shuffle – this is a new addition. Last year, the new Shuffle wasn’t out yet, so running with much was a gigantic pain in the ass with my 30gb Video iPod. This one is so small and light that you won’t even know it’s there.
  5. Nike running watch – it’s a few years old, so it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a GPS enabled watch, but it’s very lightweight, has a big face, and keeps me on pace.

Stats after the break…

[week 01 of 26]

  • Runs: 1
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 30 minutes (10 minute miles)
  • Weight: 205 lbs.

Total Stats (01 week total):

  • Total Runs: 1
  • Total Distance: 3 miles
  • Total Time: 30 minutes (10 minute miles)
  • Max Weight Loss: 0 lbs.
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