Busy, busy

On top of the lack of sleep due to the ALCS (yes, I choose to stay up to watch the games) I’ve been busy with uni things (writing and theorising) and generally trying to keep sane.

How excited am I for the World Series, you ask?



I managed 2 runs last week.  It would have been 3, but I fell down and hurt my knee and could hardly walk and I needed a few days to recover.  On Thursday, I ran 4.3K in 37 minutes.  I felt really pleased about my time.    Saturday, I ran 5K in 47 minutes.  I realised I was faster on Thursday because I was able to start running right away, as I had already been for a walk and was warmed up.

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This week I hope to manage 3 days; tomorrow, Thursday, and Saturday.  I have a 5K in less than 3 weeks and would really like to see an improvement in my time.  I know I mentally that I can run faster, it’s physically that I feel like I’m going to have a coronary or something.  I have been experimenting with different things like 1-2 shot blocks before I start off (especially if I haven’t eaten a lot that day) and using my inhaler before (especially if it is cooler outside).

I am also trying to keep my pace a little bit faster than I normally would.  I feel “comfortable” between 9-10km/hour (which I know is dreadfully slow) but can manage 8:20-8:40 km/hour “ok.”  I would really like to have this 5k time come under 45 minutes; ideally under 40, but I know that is pushing it.

Hopefully, in time, I will get there.

How did you get to be a faster runner or a stronger lifter or better at what you do?


  1. 24/10/2013 / 12:52

    When I stopped thinking about it and stressing about it is when I became faster at running.. My first 5k was 36 minutes and I trained so hard for 6 months for it. Now when I do my runs, I don’t look at pace or time or anything until I am done, and it has happened to be trending in the right direction!

    Take each run one at a time, and KEEP AT IT.. If you want it badly enough, don’t let it stress you out, but just go.. compare yourself today to where you are in three months.

    Nutrition could play a big role, too.. The shot blocks might be a bit much for a 5k, but I’d work on eating something at least an hour before (I like coffee, 2-4 egg whites, and a sweet potato).. try to get in some protein and carbs to keep you fueled but nothing too heavy.

    You’ll rock the 5k!
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  2. 24/10/2013 / 17:13

    Thanks! When I’ve tried the shot blocks I’ve only had 2 at a time, so it wasn’t a lot- it was more to see how I handled them and to give me a boost.

    I managed 44 minutes today and that was killer!

    There is always coffee before; I’m just bummed b/c I thought this race started later than it does, and bib pickup is before the race, meaning an early morning. 🙁
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    • 10/11/2013 / 19:31

      Thanks! Sleep schedule is just about back to “normal!”

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