My week in training 3/19-3/25

Training is definitely tough when you travel quite a bit and have such an odd schedule.  I despise the treadmill so much but when it’s all you have, it’s better than not running at all.  This week was HM training week 6 and I’ve been having a great time with my coaches plan.  She really gets me and pushed me to do my best without injuring myself!  I’m training for a few runs at the same time right now with my first being the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May.  I’m running the 10K since I have a tough schedule ahead.  I’m hoping to keep a 9 minute pace for that race.  That will lead to my brutal June with the North Shore Half Marathon and the Mohican 50 miler!

3/19   Cross Training for 30 minutes: Rode the Matrix bike at the gym for 30 minutes and ended up doing 6 miles.  HR stayed in Z1 for 18:57 and Z2 for 10:49.   Hmm, maybe I needed to push myself more?

3/20   5 miles easy pace: Ran these 5 miles at 9:35 pace on the treadmill at the gym.  Nothing spectacular and my HR was as follows – Z1 1:38, Z2 3:57, Z3 9:26, Z4 25:22, Z5 7:06.

3/21   1 mile WU, 800m @8:30, 4 min jog, 2 miles @GHMP, 5 min jog, 800m@8:30 1 mile CD: These tempo runs are definitely challenging.  My HR was all over the place but I still did it.  The mile warmup was at 10:01 and felt good to start.  The first 800 was at 8:30 and while it was fast for me, it was still doable.  The 2 miles at GHMP were a struggle.  My HR made it tough to catch a breath.  Those jogs in between were a blessing and much needed!  I like the challenge of tempos and speedwork but it seems that since my knee surgery, my speed and endurance has taken a short hiatus.

3/22   5 miles easy pace:   Ran my 5 miles at the gym this morning and averaged 9:50 pace and it felt good.  I ended up watching HULU on my phone (James Bond Spectre) and that passed the time quickly.  It’s a busy day of last minute chores before travelling.

3/23   Rest Day!: Good thing because it’s a travelling day and 10 hours of driving is a challenge in itself.  I probably will still hit the treadmill at the hotel since I’m scheduled for 10 miles tomorrow and I’ll still be driving.

3/24   10 miles easy pace:  I didn’t get a chance to do all 10 miles as I was driving for 10+ hours and my legs just weren’t having it.  I ended up with 5 miles and had to rest.  Not to make excuses but it was 90 degrees here too!

3/25   Cross training 30 minutes:  I ended up just taking it easy and work on core exercises with a long walk to the ocean.  Sometimes that’s all the body needs for mental health!


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