Posts Tagged ‘Preakness Stakes’

Hello everyone.

I am proud to announce that I ran my first race of the year on Thursday night and I finished a 3-mile race in 21:10.

Am I satisfied with that time?

It’s OK.  I was hoping to run about 30 seconds faster, but, it is still a good start for my running reason.

I took a long time off this year.  I basically didn’t run at all from Oct 1 to Feb 1 and I am still a little rusty.

My stamina is pretty good, I think it is my speed that is lacking.

I also noticed that when I was finished with the race, I wasn’t really that tired.  That is a sign that I am in pretty good shape.

But, I need to get faster.  I need to work on my one-mile time and start to add some sprinting into my routine.

I also need to race more often.

If you want to get faster, you need to push yourself often. Practice will only take you so far.

There is a big 4-mile race next weekend near my apartment that I might sign up for just to practice and then there is a father’s day 5K run that I plan on signing up for.

When it comes to running, I typically peak in the Fall.

It is nice to run outside in the summer and work on my tan at the same time, but to be honest, I am not a big fan of the heat.  Especially the heat in July.

But by the time mid August comes around, I am usually at my lightest body weight and since I have a couple of months of training behind me, I can usually run a fast race in September and October.

Overall, my first race was good but not great. I rate it a “B-“.

-John Andre

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Lift Heavy/Run Fast

I was training great until the middle of May, when I decided to take an extra Insurance class for work.  Needless to say, I passed the state test on the first try! But I also unfortunately missed out on about 3 days of running.

I also went to the Preakness Stakes this weekend in Baltimore, and missed ANOTHER weekend of running.  Today I decided that I need to get back on track, and I finally got outside for a real strong run.

Memorial Day is usually my official start of summer, but it looks like it will (again) rain this weekend.  So far I have cut down from a peak of 182lb’s in the winter, to around 162 last week.  I decided not to use a scale this year, and I am only using the mirror as my guide. Just from the way I look, I will probably lose another 5-7 lb’s and peak around July 4th.

Hoping to sign up for some good runs this summer and finally go under 20 minutes for the 5K.  

Good luck everyone!