Posts Tagged ‘ pace ’

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Watch the Hair

Finding My Running Stride I’ve been running long enough to know that my first mile is always awkward. My breathing is ragged and uneven, and my arms and legs flail around like they’ve never tried this before. I know how it feels; I just never really knew how it looked. On Tuesday night, we had […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: A Change of Perspective

Running Without Garmin or Runkeeper Every year, about this time, I start checking the McMillan pace calculator and obsessing over projected finish times and average paces. I could tell you how fast I could expect to run a mile, or a 5k, or the half marathon that I’d been training for. This year, to put […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Race Day Cometh

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the race in an insanely long post, I just want to mention that for this race alone, runners like me raised $12.7 million for leukemia and lymphoma research. The eight-year total: $118 million for this event alone. That’s some serious fundraising and serious commitment from otherwise ordinary […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Lead Legs and Vineyard Runs

The family was still out of town for the first part of the week, and again I had all kinds of grand plans for fun workouts. Instead, I spent Monday and Tuesday with my plumber dealing with an emergency repair that kept me home both days. Fun times! I did manage to get to the […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Trail Races and First Races

On Tuesday night, I managed to completely misconstrue the point of tempo running (slower than 5k pace, not faster!) and went all out for four sets of 3-minute intervals. The result was that I hit my land speed record of a peak 7:49/mile, which for me is absolutely ridiculous. It’s as if I went out with […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Timed Miles and Negative Splits

This week was a “rest” week on the calendar, which I would have known if I’d looked at the training calendar. (Oops.) I came out of last Saturday’s long, slow distance (LSD) run feeling really good after harnessing the power of intervals, and missed my Monday bonus rest day when I went to the gym […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: See Jane Run. See Me Struggle.

Today was the See Jane Run half marathon (no thanks) and 5K (yes, please!) in Alameda, California. The weather has been abysmal lately — low 60s and rainy in the middle of our 80s and sunshine season. So when the alarm woke me at 6:30, I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear rain. What did […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Week 16, Going the Distance

After yesterday’s 10-mile training run, the aches in my feet, ankles, calves, knees and hips suggest that perhaps a career as a distance runner is not for me. I think my body and mind are best suited to distances of 10k or less. The Plan Monday, 9/6: Beach play and rock climbing with two preschoolers […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Faster Than Expected, Week 12

After struggling to do my long run by myself last Saturday, I decided to do my long run with the team this week. Not only did it make the run easier psychologically, but my per-mile time was almost a minute faster than what I’d anticipated at that distance. The Plan Monday, 8/9: Mandatory rest Tuesday, […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Major Improvement, Week 9

I went into my training program assuming that I’d never progress past the runwalking that I’d always done. Eight weeks ago, we did a one mile benchmark run to test our speed, and I struggled to run for the full mile. On Tuesday, we repeated the timed mile and… well, you’ll have to scroll down […] Read More