Somehow it’s already week 3 of half training. I can feel this time just flying by already, and suddenly, I’m going to be in New York (hopefully) ready to rock 13.1 again.
Last week was an awesome week of training. From a training standpoint that is. Let’s just go over the workouts first…
Training: Week 2
Tue. 3th – some strength workout, I don’t remember now because I didn’t write it down
Wed. 4th – 2 mi (treadmill; 18:54)
Thur. 5th – 3 mi (treadmill; 29.31) + strength (aka, this)
Fri. 6th – unintentional rest day, just got too busy, but I probably needed it anyway
Sat. 7th – 6 mile long run.
It went fine, but I was actually really, really stressed out beforehand, so most of my run didn’t feel physically hard since I was mentally distracted. It was really weird, and I didn’t feel relaxed when I finished. It was like I wasn’t, even there, which stinks.
But I did 6 miles no problem, so that’s good, right?
Sun. 8th – rest day, although did lots of walking around out shopping
Mon. 9th – 3 mi + abs/legs strength (see below)
So, looking at last week written out doesn’t seem mind-blowing by any means. But the fact that I am still sticking to my schedule like glue and getting my runs done (on the treadmill, of all places) is great.
All of the workouts listed above, with the exception of my long run, were done after work. To suddenly realize I am an “after work workout” person is very strange to me. I used to be an AM only workout person, especially when it came to running.
But that’s part of the method to this madness. I knew my half training would force me to make time for runs, no matter what time that is. And that’s just what I’m doing. But like I said, last week was only a good week for training. I felt completely 100% exhausted after doing all that training, plus work, plus chores, plus a lot of other demands in my life lately. Literally, I felt like I was hit by a bus after doing all that and just doing every day life.
But like Nike says, you have to just do it. I was slightly worried that with all I have going on right now that my training would fall apart really fast. I’m so determined to “show up” for this training and really prioritize it, though, so I’m quite surprised with myself so far.
Running + Strength Intervals = Awesome
Although I have been friendly with the treadmill, I still feel like dying for every step I take on most of my runs during the week. Yes, I feel good after the fact, and yes, I am glad to be running. But something about watching those little numbers tick by in slow motion and not being able to control my pace myself just kills me.
As of right now, I can do 2 miles straight, maybe 2 and a half, without stopping before I just want to give up on the treadmill. Physically, I can clearly do more. Mentally, I am still quite weak.
The only way I’ve been able to get some 3 mile runs on the treadmill is by breaking it up into mile chunks. Here’s what I did last night for the Elf for Health circuit workout challenge.
Notes about this workout: lunges are repeated on both legs for one rep, only 1 weight is used for tricep extensions.
Will you be seeing a lot more of these workouts? Yes. Will you like it? Yes. 😉 It’s just my groove these days! But really – I may post one of these workouts every week now… Get used to it.
Questions for You:
- In what ways have you surprised yourself recently?
- What do you do to make treadmill running slightly less agonizing?