You ever sit down to do something, remember another task you must immediately attend to, and next thing you know, days have passed and you never got back to that original item? Yeah, me too – only like all the time! It seems like just a few minutes ago I sat down to write a blog post, updating you on my training progress and some other stuff I have in store. (I actually do spend some time every day thinking about different ideas to share with you -even if so little of it sees the light of publication.) Then one of my wonderful friends will give a gentle poke to remind me. (Looking at you, Mimi – God bless you for keeping me accountable!)
So here I am, trying to be as faithful in other things as I am to my training plan. Funny, you would think the running would be the first thing to go, but in my case, it has always seemed easiest to maintain the newest things, while the ones that have been around get taken for granted. (I don’t know what that says about me, but I am sure trying to change it!!) Let’s get caught up a bit, ok?
I am about six weeks into my custom runcoach training plan, for the Chevron Houston Marathon (purchased at a discount along with race registration), and last week looked like this: (variations in red if not done “by the book”)
Sunday: Long run – 55-65 min @ 9:18/mi, 6.5 mi // 63 min @ 10:34/mi, 6.01 mi So, I disagree with my coach, I think long runs should be slow. Besides, it’s 90+ degrees and 70%+ humidity in Houston these days.
Monday: Rest day – Oh yeah!
Tuesday: Pace workout on TM – 1 mi easy run warm-up, then 2x [ 0.75 mi @ 7:54/mi, 1:00 recovery, 0.5 mi @ 7:37/mi, 1:00 recovery] ; 1 mi easy run cool down I actually like these sessions…I do them with no music, learning to feel the pace; it’s interesting what our bodies can do!
Wednesday: cross training – I spent an hour pushing a lawnmower through knee-high grass. If that isn’t aerobic enough, I don’t know what to tell you…
Thursday: Maintenance – 15-20 min @ 9:18/mi, 2 mi // 20:26 @ 9:36/mi, 2.1 mi Close enough!
Friday: Maintenance – 15-20 min @ 9:18/mi, 2 mi // zero I listened to my body when it said I needed a rest day…more about that in a minute.
Saturday: Cross training – A good stretching workout, with some core-building, and finished with a looong foam-roller session. Ready to hit that long run in the morning!
It’s not a great amount of miles, but that begins to change rather quickly after Labor Day…I only hope the weather tries to move just as briskly, towards brisk! I am working on a 20+ story high-rise building remodel, where most of the windows have been installed, but there will be no air conditioning running for at least three months. HOT is an inadequate word; I have spent most of my adult life working outdoors, but you never get used to it…you only develop the ability to endure it. Wait, let’s look at a definition of that word, from dictionary.com
endure – to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently