Sunday, February 12, 2012

CHM Training Week 2

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.


  1. I think you should look at the fall as a positive--it means you were going fast enough that a spill was possible :) I run so slow that I couldn't ever fall!

    Nice week!!!

  2. Bummer about your gloves but that was nice of Saucony! Great job hitting your goal!

  3. Bummer about you fall...and your gloves! That was very nice of Sauconys to give you a code though. Keep up the good training!

  4. Great week of training. You will fly in your 8k!!! Sorry about your new gloves, but kudos to Saucony for fixing it. :-)

  5. Aw, sorry about your fall. The ego always gets bruised the worst in those situations, doesn't it? Good luck with the rest of your training!

  6. Sounds like it might be a good time to indulge in a massage. I have been running pretty aggressively lately and had the BEST massage on Tuesday. Worth every penny....

  7. Really solid training! I like your goal to smile through it all. And having friends to do speed work with makes so much difference, I agree.

    If it makes you feel any better, during a trail run yesterday my friend wiped out 5 times!

  8. What a shame about the gloves/fall - but great week of running and workouts!

  9. Well that is awesome that they sent you a discount code and a great week for you to run and workout. Way to go!!

  10. I fall all the time so I have just decided to never buy anything nice ever.

  11. I am sorry that you fell! You poor thing. Are you okay?

    I think remembering to smile when running is important too! I always try to when I pass other people. I want people to know how much I enjoy running.

  12. 62 miles plus yoga and are incredible. I love your goal to have fun! GIRL...I am so sorry about the fall, I do that way too much!

  13. Sorry about your fall! Hope you aren't hurting today.

    Great job with your training this week!

  14. Ugh sorry to read about the wipe out. No fun at all...unless there's a ton of snow on the ground. :)
    My hammies are super tight lately too...thinking more myofascial release may be in order.

  15. Sorry about your wipeout! You aren't alone...I've done it before and ripped my gloves too!!

    GREAT training though! You rocked it!!