Half way there! With only six more weeks to go before the race, here was my plan for the week:
- 40-minute tempo run + upper body strength training
- 3-mile run + lower body strength training
- 9-mile run
And here’s the reality of the past week:
- Gentle yoga. I had to shuffle around my normal work out schedule this week so that I could have Tuesday evening free, so I ended up doing my yoga on Monday evening. Monday’s are not my best day. I wake up way too early to catch a train back to Bremen, and am usually dragging by the end of the work day — and this week was no exception, plus throw in some extra exhaustion just for fun. So I downgraded my normal yoga workout to something more gentle, but even that wasn’t happening. My head was spinning after a few downward dogs, so I gave up and was in bed by 8:30pm.
- 40-minute tempo run + upper body strength training. Totally kicked my butt, I must say. But I felt great afterwards, despite being a complete sweaty mess.
- 3-mile run + lower body strength training. I was a little worried about back-to-back runs, especially since the previous day’s workout was pretty tough. But like mein Schatz says, sometimes the best recovery after a hard run is an easy run, so I kept it pretty low key. I’m glad that I split up the strength training into two evenings — it really makes the time investment in the evenings more manageable.
- 9-mile run. I don’t know what got into me, but I ran this long run more than a minute-per-mile faster than usual. Maybe it was the warmer temperatures (4C/39F)? Or maybe I just wanted to prove to myself that I can still run longer distances at a faster pace? Normally these planned long runs should be less about speed, and more about putting in the time and building up your body’s endurance over the long haul. But I was feeling good and couldn’t help myself. I must have overdone it though, because I’ve aggravated a (chronic) pinched nerve in my neck. I’m working on scheduling myself a massage, but I may have to lay low this week in terms of training. Boo.
I guess you could say that I experienced some highs and lows last week in terms of training, but I’m generally pretty satisfied with my overall training progress so far. Let’s just hope I can stay on track during the next six weeks!