Friday, January 4, 2008

Getting better?

Thanks to bradsmith281, I decided to have a look at my running times since I started timing myself on 2.4km runs. I have to run it in less than 13 minutes (14 minutes once I turn a year older this year!)

So, let's take a step back in time! I started running back in June. Once I was able to get 6.5 I decided to start working on my 2.4km runs. My first measured time was in October.

14/10/07
2.4km
17 minutes
11 min : 24 seconds/mi
8:14/km

17/10/07
2.4km
15 minutes
10:04/mi
6:15/km

28/10/07
2.4km
14 minutes 4 seconds
9:26/mi
5:52/km

3/11/07
2.4km
13 minutes 44 seconds
9:13/mi
5:43/km

3/11/07
2.4km (new shoes!)
12 minutes 51 seconds
8:37/mi
5:21/km

12/11/07 - PB
2.4km
12 minutes 16 seconds
8:14/mi
5:07/km

3/1/08
2.4km (0530hrs run)
13 minutes 57 seconds
9:21/mi
5:49/km

4/1/08
2.4km (very tired tonight)
13 minutes 48 seconds
9:15/mi
5:45/km

So as you can see, I peaked in November and something happened between then and now. Don't ask me what, because I really have no idea and haven't really been doing anything different (aside from a few missed running days here and there). Oh - I did stop going to the gym (weights) so I may have lost some lower limb muscle mass...

The plan is now to run more often and for longer distances (2 x 2.4km with minimal break in between and start doing some uphill runs.

If anyone has some suggestions feel free!

Pic from here.

1 comment:

jason said...

Methinks cross training is the key. When you do only 1 specific thing/distance you often reach a plateau as your body gets used to it.
So chuck in some longer runs, and also some sprints.