MONDAY- Let's just say Monday had a little hiccup. Right before I set out on my run I did my normal ritual and went to put on SportShield so I don't chafe. I reached in my closet for the roll stick and never actually looked at the bottle. After rolling what I thought was the SportShield on my inner legs I started to notice a cool tingling feeling on the family jewels. I then looked in my hand and noticed I had just rubbed Bio-Freeze on my crotch. I tried to rinse it off but it was too late, I had to just run the 4 miles with a cool feeling, besides the tingling I had a really good run. I ran the 4 miles in a 34:12, a nice comfortable pace. Below is a picture of how it looks in my closet and you can see how I grabbed the wrong stick.
TUESDAY- I was planning on going to CMU to do the time trials for the Liberty Ave. Mile, but the weather did not cooperate and the trials were cancelled. I took a gamble and headed to the track by my house and did 400 meter repeats. I was able to get in 8 before the rain hit. I didn't time myself but I was running each lap at 75 percent and would rest for about 1 minute. The 8 laps beat me down but I figured out that the middle of my workout is where I felt the best. So this will help me when it comes to the Liberty Mile. I need to warm up and get the legs very loose.
WEDNESDAY- 4 mile run. This time I made sure to grab the right stick before I headed out on my run. I did another comfortable 4 miles at an 8:05 pace then came home and did some burpees and push ups.
THURSDAY- SPEED DAY- I want to make sure I do 2 speed days during this training cycle, and actually hold true to what I am supposed to do on the track. I had the option of doing a tempo run or doing a ladder workout, I chose the ladder. I use to hate doing a ladder workout in high school but have come to realize the benefit and it has become one of my most loved workout, even though it kicks my ass. After my workout I made up a little one mile obstacle course at track and ran it. It took my just over 12 minutes, and I plan on trying to beat the time every week. This little 1 mile course may sound stupid but it will benefit me for the obstacle races and it will benefit me with strength training.
FRIDAY- REST DAY and BEERFEST- Pittsburgh had its yearly beerfest and there was no way I was missing this. I even bought the 50 dollar ticket to get early admission. There were some really good beers there and my friends and I had a blast. What was nice is I ran into Chelsea( @PghCityGirl) and Lauren ( @pghlauren) early in the event. Later we met back up with them and they just so happened to be with Kristy ( @Pghrunner) and her husband. It is always nice to see people outside of the normal races and running courses, and have a few beers with them. I think when we all left we were all feeling good from all the different beers. The only downfall to the event was I was really looking forward to having "This is not your fathers root beer " from small town brewery and they didn't show Friday night. I did however come home and drink one since I stocked up on a few six packs before every place sold out. If you haven't tried one of these I suggest you find one and try it. It is dangerously delicious, it takes like A&W root beer and is 5.9% alcohol.
SATURDAY- I was helping my friend with his landscaping business and had all intentions to come home and do a 4 mile run. However we ended up working till about 2:30 then played a game of basketball for an hour. I haven't played in years and that one hour beat the shit out of me. I was so tired that I couldn't even think about running, but I figured with all the mowing and basketball that day I actually had a nice leg workout.
SUNDAY- TODAY- First off anyone that ran the Presque Isle race today I take my hat off too you for running in this humidity. I decided to put my run on hold until later in the evening and it was still brutal. I had all intention of doing 8 miles and ended up only doing 6. The way this weather has been it really hasn't let my lungs get used to the humidity. I did notice this run that what used to be leg cramps that held me back is now gone, now any battle is a mental battle for the run. I found myself talking to myself for some reason on this run and kept saying over and over "The only difference between can and can't is a letter, I will not let a letter define me. Those who can't are the ones that don't try. This time around someone is going to have to really try to out work me." Not sure why this all popped in my mind but it did and it made my run go from hot and humid to not thinking about the heat and I was able to push through the hard course I chose. I didn't time it because I am still using my theory of just run and don't worry about the time for certain runs.
Like I said I feel I had a good week but I want some brutal and honest feedback, how did I do?
how is your training going?