Thursday, June 12, 2014


I've been running more and trying to increase my distance.  I want to stay fairly low over the summer and maybe pick up training for a fall half marathon.  I just can't decide which half I want to do.  In the meantime over the summer I'm alternating running with Chalean Extreme weight workouts.  So I'm not doing her whole program, just the weight level workouts. 

I've been doing short runs, usually 2 miles, at work over lunch.  It helps break up my day and keeps me more "awake" in the afternoon at work.  The town I work in is much more hilly than the town I live in.  So it's also good hill work for me.  I swear, I feel my calves expanding.  I do *not* need larger calves.  No no no!

Earlier this week a coworker brought doughnuts and I ate one.  So I made myself do an extra mile at lunch.  Up till this point I never took the time to run 3 miles at lunch.  Mostly due to taking too much time on my lunch break. 

As I was catching up with my online Garmin data I thought I'd share with you an elevation comparison.  

Here is the 3 miles from earlier this week at work: 

Here is 3 miles from a run I did in my town a couple weeks ago.  

As you can see my town is quite flat!   When I run a 3 miles out and back from my house for some reason the elevation chart looks hilly.  I'm not sure what's going on, but I don't feel it is a true reflection of what the run feels like, so I'm not sharing it. It feels like a very flat run.   Maybe it's because the back roads are lumpy.  Ha!   So while I'm not doing any major hill work, it's enough to tire out my legs and work on those muscles.   


  1. That's an interesting observation that lunch-time runs help keep you awake and energized through the afternoon. For some reason I felt like maybe it would be the opposite, but I suppose getting your blood pumping and sending oxygen to your brain is a good thing. :o) When do you eat lunch?

    1. I eat lunch when I get back from the run. After I've changed every article of clothing. :) I eat the same thing for lunch every day and I eat it at my desk. It doesn't take long. I can work and eat at the same time if needed. The run boosts my metabolism and I don't have that 2:00 slump that I sometimes get.