Same story, different Monday: Another week of too much gym time and too few runs. The ratio of running to cross training is improving, slowly but surely. The best things in life, and distance running, come slowly anyway.
We still have a few months of not-blistering-hot running weather until summer, then plenty of Fall races, so I’m enjoying the process. I don’t do goals or goal races anymore, because all my best runs happened when I least expected them to anyway.
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Wednesday||30 min. StairMaster + 6 miles (25 min. HMP tempo)|
|Thursday||6 miles + 60 min. BodyPump|
I started the week off with more cross training on the Arc Trainer, trying to be smart about increasing mileage and wear and tear on the body. After all, I want to keep my Tiny Terror nickname instead of having to change it to say, Tendonitis Terror.
I hoped to make it to track this week, but after a crazy power outage in Summerville and a messy night, decided to stay in and treadmill. I ran a 25 minute tempo run at half marathon pace, which served as a reminder of just how much fitness I’ve lost. I set the treadmill for current half marathon pace and not goal pace, and I still wanted to throw up when I finished (I didn’t throw up). Workouts never get easier, but the first few back are rough.
On the gym front, I increased my chest weight at BodyPump this week. I think the leg tracks are helping my injuries by strengthening the whole kinetic chain, and I’m confident enough to put a few more pounds on the bar. I wasn’t sore after BodyPump this week, so I’ll probably add a bit more next week.
On Saturday I ran 11 hot, humid, and windy miles, including the Cooper River Bridge. The fog was so dense that I couldn’t SEE the uphill of the bridge as I ran, but my legs sure felt it. No matter how often I run the bridge- and I used to run it twice a week- it never gets easier.
You know you’re on #TeamJanky when you’re happy to spend money on running gear rather than copays at the doctor’s office or PT.
I did an easy recovery run on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day to run downtown. One of the local restaurants, One Broad, now has a 5K/1 mile fun run on Second Sunday. For $10, you can run and have a delicious breakfast of two eggs, meat, bread (baked in house!) and a mimosa. Plus, One Broad has delicious pastries like King Cake Donuts and Cinnamon Rolls.
PRs are fun, but you can’t beat the simple joy of sharing a run – or breakfast – with friends.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!