It feels great to be back on a training schedule, even if it is an abbreviated plan for a race in 5 weeks. I’m feeling strong and hopeful that I set an attainable goal of running the Frostbite 10K in under an hour.
This is how it went down this week…
Monday – 3 miles on schedule!
Training started with my first “speed work” session. The skies were raining buckets so I had to run on my treadmill. Doing the speed work on the treadmill was confidence building because I could set the exact pace I needed to run. I was surprised that I felt solid in my quarter mile -9 minute mile- pickups. I did four quarter miles pickups and ran the rest of the run at 10 minute miles. SUCCESS.
Just call me “Speedy!”
Tuesday- I had to work a different shift at work and was very short on time. I slammed out 2 miles on the elliptical, did core work and stretches.
Wednesday- I had some appointments so I was short of time again. I did a 20 minute yoga DVD and 2 miles on the elliptical.
Thursday – 5 miles on schedule!
I had a long, long day at work. I set out to run the 5 mile tempo run on the treadmill because it was STILL raining buckets. I forgot my inhaler and had been eating poorly all week. 4 miles into my tempo run my body was just done. I hate cutting a run short and usually have the willpower to pull through, but it just was not happening. FAIL… But at least I got to finish 4 miles.
Friday – 20 minute yoga DVD
Saturday – 6 miles on schedule!
I needed a redemption run after my tempo run fail on Thursday. Luckily the rain finally stopped and it was a perfectly sunny and in the upper 40’s by early afternoon. I got a slow start because I had a headache that I just couldn’t kick, but I was determined to get my run in. I finally got to the park and realized I forgot my GPS watch—oh no! I decided to run without it and see if I could hold my pace without the assistance of the watch. I know I depend on my watch way to much. Luckily I knew a 6 mile route, so I started the timer on my phone, put it away in my running belt, and ran. It was super muddy at the park from all the rain and my footing was unstable at times, but I gave a moderate effort and felt great during the run. I pulled out my stop watch when I finished and it said 1:01:46. I figured it took me about 40 seconds to put the phone in and out of my running belt before and after I started running. That put my run at just over 10 minute miles, a very similar pace to my 6 mile run last week. SUCCESS.
Overall, week 1 of training was pretty good. My hips and shins are a tiny bit sore and I know I need to focus plenty of time on stretches and recovery. I may even consider icing my shins after my harder runs just to make sure they don’t give me any trouble.
My goals for this week are not to cut the runs short and to try to hold the speed work times outside without the assistance of the treadmill. I am hoping to do some longer yoga sessions and some strength work. I’m also planning to eat better and drink more water. My busy week meant I just wasn’t taking as good of care of myself.
I’m off to work on my first of 10 Crock Pot recipes for the Crock Pot Challenge! Here is a sneak peak!
How is your training going?
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