MONDAY: Mondays are quickly becoming one of my favorite days. It's always just 3 miles with some strength training thrown in. It was a bit cold out so I headed to the gym and hit the treadmill for my 3 miles. I ran a 8:53 pace and felt really good except for some sore shins. I realized that the treadmill is what is causing the shin splints not the shoes. DAMN I hate that treadmill. After my workout I did a chest workout. I am focusing on my reps rather than weight with the strength. I also completed my squats for the day.
TUESDAY: This was my first speed workout for the training cycle. The cycle called for 7 X 400's, Due to the weather I was forced to use the treadmill. I know how fast I can do a 400 in at full sprint so I was able to set the speed a bit slower and do them. After each .25 miles I would drop the speed and jog another .25. It was hard at first but I noticed as the run went on it became a lot easier and I felt really good. I can't wait until the weather breaks and I can actually use the track. I can honestly say that is where I feel the most at home when it comes to running.
WEDNESDAY: Just like Monday, Wednesday called for 3 miles with strength training. It was cold but I was able to run outside. I ran a nice comfortable pace and even though it is week 2 my confidence is really starting to build up.
THURSDAY: The training cycle called for a 45 minute tempo run. I however was not able to run this day. I worked late and had some running around that needed to get done. Normally I would of been worried and pissed that I missed a run, but with my extra week I am okay with this.
FRIDAY: REST DAY: I was thinking I would do my tempo run this day, but once again I had so much running around that I was forced to just use the rest day for what it was.
SATURDAY: The plan called for a 3 mile pace run. I had to work for the Marathon and was with the Steel City Road Runners Club for their training run. Sara my co-worker and I decided we would do 4 miles with the group at a 10 minute pace. We ended up going at a 9:30 pace and ran a bit further than the 4 miles. It was cold but once we started moving it wasn't that bad. I really enjoyed running with the group and I am thinking since we will be doing a few runs with them, I might as well become a member. The people I have met are really nice and they all seem to want to help each other.
SUNDAY:Today called for a 90 minute run. It was bitter cold and even the SCRR canceled their group run. I headed to the gym and figured some run is better than no run. I ran 6.5 miles in 60 minutes. Today was more about a mental struggle rather than the run. I hate the treadmill and knew I would want to quit halfway through. I fought through the urges to quit and ran a nice and easy pace. I felt really good actually and even with the treadmill I was pain free. I can't say I was happy with the weather though. This cold front has started to get the best of me and I expressed myself on twitter.
|As you can see I was not happy!!!|
Next week the schedule calls for a 5K race and more of an easy schedule. Since there is no race I will just have to go do a race course I know and see what I can do. I am pretty excited about this. I want to be able to see how I progressed from last year to this year.
How is your training going?
If you had to run in the cold how are you doing with dealing with it?
Until next time stay safe!!!!