Friday, March 9, 2012

Couch to 5K Training: Week 7 - 25 Minute Runs

Week 7 of the Couch to 5K program is running a solid 25 minutes for three workouts. To help keep my mind off the length of the run I tried running in some new spots. This was Tuesday's run - along the beach in Newport and Huntington Beach. It was 60F, breezy, and overcast. I wore a short sleeve Swiftly and my Run: Passion crops. I've started wearing run crops so I can put my car keys in the zipper pockets. I also started the run with my "vintage" Sportif Jacket. I didn't really want to wear a jacket but I couldn't find my amphipod belt to hold my phone so I wore my jacket and ended up tying it around my waist. That wasn't ideal but I forgot about it after a few minutes. Nothing really stands out in my mind about this run other than I started out running into the wind and lasting 25 minutes wasn't at all easy since I had gone to spin class the day before. I didn't really care for running along this section of the beach since the path was so far from the ocean. However, it has ample bathrooms and free parking so it wasn't all bad.

On the way out. You can see the horse path on the left (marked by the wood fence), paralleling the bike trail.
On the horse trail for the way back. My home is at the top of the hill that you see on the left side of the photo.
For today's run I decided to run along the Santa Ana River trail that is close to my home. I started out on the bike trail, right next to the river, running into a stiff headwind but hopped onto the parallel horse trail after I spotted a couple of friends running on it. The horse trail was dirt and shaded. I think I have found my new favorite running spot. The weather today was in the low 70s and sunny when I started out. It was 80F when I finished. I wore a silverescent circle mesh Revitalize tech short sleeve shirt and Run: Zoom Knee Shorts. I still couldn't find my stinking Amphipod belt so I ended up putting my iphone in my Flight Running Bonnet. I know I poo-pood that idea when someone mentioned it years ago but it worked really well. I jammed the hat on my head so the phone didn't bounce and I didn't even notice it up there. I think I want to get at least one more pair of running shorts that are knee length, like the Zooms, or above the knee, like the Take Flight Bike Shorts if and when Lulu comes out with them. I think I also want to get an Amphipod ultility belt like my sister has so I can carry my phone and some small water bottles. Anywhoo, this run was a tad easier than Tuesday's and I didn't even have to count out loud to make it through it. I think I will come back to this trail again for Sunday's run but I might change my mind. This trail is crazy busy on the weekends.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

the oxygen website has a new funky blue we are from space scoop neck tank. it's under the workouts section.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a nice area. That makes running a little easier. :] Vicki

Teresa said...

That space dye scoop neck isn't new, unfortunately. It is teal zeal from about a year ago. So bummed I missed out on the WU's in this color!

Anonymous said...

LLA; if you want to get another pair of knee length running tights, you should really consider CW-X. They are far superior to Lululemon for the same cost. The difference is in their technology which wraps around your muscles to provide support and lessen muscle fatigue and they incorporate a ventilator fabric which is amazing. They are addictive, I have several versions for each season and wouldn't think of wearing anything else. Plus their designs are tres cool! Their website is worth checking out.

SeeAlliRun said...

Your running routes are beautiful. I'm jealous! I second the CW-X comment.

Anonymous said...

great job running!!! you should log your runs and spins etc on Daily Mile...tons of great support on that site!!!

LuluAddict said...

I know I need to join Daily Mile.

My sister loves CW-X. I was looking at the mesh bike length shorts the other day. The Ventilator Stabilyx, I think. I need to visit a run store to check then out.

RunningOnCoffee said...

I like your running routes! You should also check out ifitness if you're considering a new belt. I love my double pouch, but they make a hydration belt now too (or little water bottles that you can add on to your existing running belt).