Goals for week 2 were to get in 60+ miles, which included 1 long run and a speed session. Lots of thoughts going on lately about my training. With an 8k coming up in 6 weeks, I'm feeling really curious as to where my fitness level will be by then. Thinking ahead to what workouts are best for me for an 8k, 10 miler, and half marathon have me dreaming up some fairly creative runs. Trying to ease myself slowly back into focused workouts here while keeping my training fun.
My goals during this cycle are to:
- Have fun
- Push beyond my comfort zone during focused workouts, #makeitcount
- Rest and recover when appropriate
- Make adjustments when necessary
- Sport a smile, even when every muscle in my body is screaming
Nothing more, nothing less.
Monday: 10.77 miles.
Speed work day
10 minute tempo followed by 2x5 minutes hard/2 minutes recovery/4 minutes hard/2 minute recovery
At first thought wasn't sure that I would be able to power through a speed workout on this day, but with the encouragement and support of wonderfully pleasant company I pushed through. Gaining speed isn't easy and requires quite a bit of hard work, but having someone by your side as your breath deepens, your muscles begin to ache, and your tireless efforts begin to take hold of you makes it 100% more gratifying.
Tuesday: Slow 8.3 mile recovery run on the treadmill. Strength circuit.
Wednesday: Easy 8.55 miles
am: 8 miles easy. Did a bit of off-roading here in the city. Strength circuit.
Testing out a new pair of Nike Lunar Eclipse +2's
pm: 4 miles easy with the husband.
Seems the only way I can get my heart rate up these days during strength sessions is to be in either a prone, decline, or jumping position. This means I'm going to have to get really creative here shortly.
Friday: 15.02 miles in 1:58. Big fluffy wet snow flakes begun to come down rather fiercely on my way home. I was wet, my hamstrings were extremely tight, and I just wanted to get home to have a nice hot cup of coffee.
Then this happened...
The good news was that Saucony swooped in to save the day sending me DM with a discount code to buy a new pair of gloves. The bad news is I have to buy a new pair of gloves and nurse my decomposing ego yet again after another tumble while running.
Saturday: Slow 7.5 mile recovery run. Yoga, strength circuit.
Week 2 hosted 62 miles, 3 strength sessions, and 1 yoga class. Hamstrings have been awfully tight this week and I haven't had a decent nights sleep in about 10 days. Moving ahead to week 3 my intuition is telling me that if these hammie's don't work out their kinks in the next few days that most likely I'm going to need to take an extra day off or possibly trade up a few runs for some cross-training.