Running Week 7-8

I’ve been fairly good lately.  I had a wonderful 9 mile run around Loch Raven last Saturday.  My legs were feeling it though!  I wish I brought a gu or energy shot – I think I could have done 10 miles.  Once I got to 9, I couldn’t mentally get myself ready for another mile.

Here’s what happened/will happen this week:

  • Sunday, 2/19 – easy 30 minute recovery run
  • Monday, 2/20 – off (No time to do anything. We were good responsible adults and got our taxes done after work – womp womp.)
  • Tuesday, 2/21 – 45 minute work out courtesy of Oh She Glows.  I’d love to run that fast one day but I had to modify it a tad so I would be able to survive.
  • Wednesday, 2/22 – learning
  • Thursday, 2/23 – learning
  • Friday, 2/24 – I really want to kick myself in the butt for being a mild slacker this week.  So here’s the plan – 1 mile warm up, 7 x 800m (#1 = 600 cruise (this doesn’t mean easy), 200 fast (this does not mean all out, but close), #2 = 400 cruise, 400 fast, #3 = 200 cruise, 600 fast #4 = 800 fast, #5 = 200 fast, 600 cruise, #6 = 400 fast, 400 cruise, #7 = 600 fast, 400 cruise) 1 mile cool down.  Should total about 5.5 miles, but my math has been way off before so who the hell knows?

Next week I will be in beautiful Mexico!!  I hope to get some runs in.  Husband has said he’d run with me!  But I’m going to play it by ear and not have a specific schedule.  I’d be happy to get in at least one 5 mile run. But I might just be too busy swinging on a hammock, eating guacamole, and drinking margaritas.  It’s all about priorities…

Running Week 5-6

Week 5 was a total bust.  I had something funky going on with my stomach the whole week.  So i laid low, ate a BRAT diet, and felt 75% better by the weekend.

So on Sunday, 2/11  I was determined to do the best I could for a “long run” after not doing or eating a dang thing all week.  It took me 3 miles or so to find my groove but I was able to run about 6 miles.  So this week I decided to rearrange things a bit:

  • Monday, 2/13 – easy 5 miles
  • Tuesday, 2/14 – speed work – I did this crazy treadmill work out.  I was a sweaty mess by the end!
  • Wednesday, 2/15 – rest
  • Thursday, 2/16 – 5 mile tempo run
  • Friday, 2/17 – rest
  • Saturday, 2/18 – 8-10 mile long run

Running Schedule Week 4

I only punked out one day last week.  It was Wednesday night and I was pooped!  Sometimes you need to listen to your body and just give it a rest.  So instead of the scheduled 35 min tempo run, I did a 4 miles faster than normal make up for it.  I was not a happy camper at the time but I had such a wonderful 8 mile long run on Saturday, it makes me thankful that I push myself through the weekday maintenance runs.

Grad school starts again this week.  I’m going to miss my evening freedom.  I’m definitely going to need to re-arrange my workout schedule though.  Evening classes on Wednesday and Thursday will not allow me to do my normal Wednesday Thursday routine.  I might be able to make Wednesday night work – my class only goes until 6:30 pm.  We’ll see how it goes.

  • Monday, 1/30 – YOGA!  Oh my goodness I can’t remember the last time my body needed yoga this badly.  It’s screaming for a good scretch.
  • Tuesday, 1/31 -Speed Work totaling 5 miles – 1 mile warm up; 8 x 400m at sprint speed with a 20 second rest in between each lap; 800 easy; 4 x 800m at tempo speed; 400 easy; 1600m at goal race pace; 400m easy.
  • Wednesday, 2/1 – Easy 4 miles (if its not too late)
  • Thursday, 2/2 – Rest/Learn
  • Friday, 2/3- Tempo Run 40 mins
  • Saturday, 2/4 – 10 miles at the NCR Trail – I’m hoping since this trail is flat it will be relatively easy considering I am doing my tempo run the day before.
  • Sunday, 2/5 – 20-30 min recovery run

Update: The speed workout I posted was bananas!  It was waaaaaaaay longer than I calculated.  Oh, simple arithmetic.  Here’s what actually happened.  1 mile warm up; 4 x 800m at sprint speed with 20 second rest in between; 800m easy; 4 x 800m at tempo speed with 20 second rest in between; 400m easy.  If you want to do 7 miles of speed work though, by all means do the workout above. 

Necessity List

I decided to go into the New Year only buying things I absolutely need and then trying to make the rest.  I figured this would push me to sew/knit more.  I definitely have but it seems like the things I need to buy now are more expensive that I’d like them to be.  Then I start feeling overwhelmed monetarily and have to breathe into a paper bag.  List making always calms me down when I feel out of control – so that’s precisely what I am going to do.

Item No. 1 – New running shoes.  Whenever my knees start talking to me, I know it’s time for a new pair.  I just wish nice running shoes weren’t so expensive.  I bought Brooks Glycerin 9 last year for my half marathon training.  I initially thought they were the ugliest thing in the world but I bought them anyway because they felt awesome.  After miles and miles together, they’ve grown on me.  I now look at their ugliness with fondness and wouldn’t mind another pair.

Item No. 2 – Another pair of WARM running tights.  Maryland winters aren’t just cold – they are damp, feel-it-in-your-bones, would-you-like-some-wind-with-that? cold.  I have one really warm pair of running pants, and two not so warm but get the job done pants.  I’d love another pair so I can go a week without wearing the same pair twice (it’s gross I know, but I’m not above sniffing my pants to see if they are wearable).

Item No. 3 – New bathing suit for Mexico.  I haven’t bought a new bathing suit in a couple years. It might be time.  I think they may be purchased at Target for cheap.  This one seems cute enough enough.

Item No. 4 –  School books.  Ugh.  No way around this one.  At least amazon can save me from the University $tore prices.

Item No. 5 – Baby Shower things.  This will encompass quite a bit.  Only sister’s first kid.  I will be going all out.  Well, as all out as I can.

Anyone have any money I can borrow? 🙂

Running Schedule – Week 3

Here’s my plan for the week:

  • Monday, 1/23 – Crosstrain with Jackie Warner ❤
  • Tuesday, 1/24 – Speed Work – 1/2 mile warm up, 8 x 400m at faster than 5k pace with 400m rest intervals (thank you no meat athlete!)
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – 4 miles easy
  • Thursday, 1/26 – 35 min tempo run
  • Friday, 1/27 – Rest
  • Saturday, 1/28 – Long run 8-9 miles
  • Sunday, 1/29 – easy peasey 20-30 min recovery run

 

Running Schedule – Week 2

Week 1 was a mild success – I miss my tempo run because I had to attend a birthday dinner (twist my arm why don’t you?)  and running in the morning in the winter just doesn’t happen.  I always learn my lesson during the long runs though.  A hard week of running always makes an easy long run on the weekend.

Here’s the schedule for week 2:

  • Monday, 1/16 – Off/Crosstrain/easy 3 miles
  • Tuesday, 1/17 – Speed Workout – 1 mile warm up; 2 x 600m (400m sprint, 200m easy); 1 x 400m – recovery;  2 x 600m (400m sprint, 200m easy); 1 x 1600m at 10k pace.
  • Wednesday, 1/18 – 3 miles easy
  • Thursday, 1/19 – 35 min tempo run
  • Friday, 1/20 – Off
  • Saturday, 1/21 – 7 miles
  • Sunday, 1/22 – 20-30 min recovery run

Running Schedule Week 1

A bunch of my friends won the lottery to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.  Never in my childhood would have I considered running 10 miles “winning” but life is funny like that.

Anway, with the race 12 weeks away I realized that I should probably start training for this.  So I set myself up a little training routine based off of my Charm City Run Half Marathon Training.  I know its going to be super hard to train without a coach and an amazing and supportive group of runners (some of whom have become great friends!) but maybe I’ll surprise myself and kick this training’s butt.  At least it will be good motivation for staying active in the winter.  It’s only 70 days until spring!

  • Sunday: 5 miles – my long run should have been Saturday but I was a little out of control on Friday night – thus the sleeping in and general recovery on Sautrday
  • Monday – Crosstrain – Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start – those pyramids she does are no joke!
  • Tuesday – Speedwork – 1 mile warm up, 2 mile time trial – going to try and do my speed work on a treadmill since school is in session and local tracks are crawling with high schoolers
  • Wednesday – 3 miles
  • Thursday – Tempo Run for 30 minutes
  • Friday – OFF!!
  • Saturday – 6 miles
  • Sunday – Super duper easy 20-30 minute recovery run

Wish me luck!