No workout for me this AM. I just couldn't bring myself to get out of bed. I got in pretty late last night (due to a work event) and it just wasn't happening. I will get back on track this weekend. I've got to!
I'm still here and training, somewhat. Due to travel over the past few days, I've been unable to post. I did, however, adhere to my schedule partially. I did a 60 minute walk on Saturday, Week 3, day 6. It was a good walk along a winding path early in the morning.
I was unable to get the 4 mile run in on Sunday, Week 3, Day 7. I had a late night Saturday and didn't get up in time. Since I was in a really hot and humid place there was no way I was going to get the run in that day.
I was still away on Monday morning, Week 4, Day 1 so I didn't get the weight training in either. I did stretch though, so all wasn't lost. :)
I got in really late last night so no workout this AM, Week 4, Day 2. I'll be back in the gym tomorrow morning though!
I had some minor pain during my run this morning. I'm not sure why, but my right knee was screaming at me to not run! I didn't quite listen all of the way. I walked up any hill I came upon, ran the flat portions, and jogged down the hills. I wonder if I need a brace for my knee. It wasn't happy at all.
When I returned to the gym I lifted weights. I didn't do the lunges or the squats though. I don't have to run again until Sunday. I'm hoping the combination of a rest day and cross-train day on Saturday will allow my knee to rest-up and feel better by Sunday.
This morning I did a 35 minute aerobic workout on the treadmill. It was a good pace, got my heart rate going, and I broke out a sweat. Lovely. Again, it was hard for me to get out of the bed this morning. That was probably due to a late night on the phone.
I posted a link to this site in my post earlier today, but I don't think I gave it an explanation. On the USA Track & Field website there is a great resource that allows you to map out a route to see its distance. There is also a database of routes that folks have entered in the past. Check it out: http://www.usatf.org/routes/
Training today called for 2.5 miles. I'll admit, I did not want to get up this morning. Though I was awake prior to my alarm clock going off, I still didn't want to leave my nice, comfy bed. I did though and made my way to campus for the 2.5 miles. I mapped out a route last night which was right at 2.5 miles. I decided to drive it this AM before running it to make sure it was sufficiently lit. It wasn't. Well, it wasn't enough to make me want to run it at 6 am this morning. So I altered a bit. Unfortunately, my altered route wasn't quite 2.5 miles. It was about 2.2 miles. Oh well.
The schedule for today was 3.5 miles. I didn't quite make. It wasn't for lack of energy, but for I thought I was done. eek! I took a slightly different route today which I thought would add the additional 1/2 mile to my regular route. Unfortunately, I didn't quite make it. Oh well, its okay. I did a full 3 miles today with another .2 as a warm-up and cool-down.
Cross-training occurred today. Originally, I wanted to go for a walk this afternoon. But, that changed when I checked the weather. There is a strong possibility of rain showers this afternoon/evening. Therefor a change in plans. I went to the gym this morning and did 20 minutes on the bike. I did the hill profile. I then did 12 minutes on the treadmill. Both were really good workouts. I ended with crunches and finally I stretched. My calves are still very sore.
Well, I made it through the first week of training with no big issues. Today was a 3 mile run and I did it in 30 minutes flat. Not too bad considering I haven't run that distance since I ran the 5K. The route I took was mostly flat so I'm sure that had something to do with having such a good time.
My 40 minutes of cross-training today consisted of a 6 mile bike ride. I wanted to ride the route that I ran on Day 2 to see if it really was 2.5 miles and to ride another route to see how far it was. It turns out that my route on day 2 was, indeed 2.5 miles, and the other route I want to incorporate in my agenda is just under 3 miles. I like the idea of having different routes to take as they offer different challenges with hills and flat sections.
Today's run was hard. It was hard because I am so very sore! I ran almost the same route that I didn't on Tuesday but I cut off one street since I was only supposed to run 2 miles today. I did today's run in about 17 minutes. I then headed into the weight room and did a circuit of 8 strength exercises with stretches in between. I have a feeling I'm going to be even more sore tomorrow. *sigh* The price we pay for staying healthy.
My plan was to do a 30 minute bike ride this afternoon for my cross-training activity. The weather here has been really nice, kinda breezy, not too hot. So I wanted to take advantage of that. Well, I was getting a little stir crazy in the office so I decided to go for a walk around campus. It was just what the doctor ordered!
I haven't run outside or for a distance since I ran the 5K. I have been working out regularly including cardio (walking on the treadmill, biking, or the stairmaster). So I wasn't too worried about running for that distance today. I was, however, worried about any hills I would encounter. I knew the route I would include a few slight hills. I decided to forge on.
I did the 2.5 miles in just under 22 minutes. Not bad, I think for someone who hasn't run a distance in a while. Going uphill was slow, but I was able to pick up my pace downhill or on the flat stretches.
I did about 15 minutes of stretches afterward. I am really sore from yesterday's strength training. Those lunges do it every time!
I was in the gym at about 2 minutes after 6 this morning to begin my training for a 10K. According to my training guide I was to stretch & strength. I did both over the course of the hour, as suggested, and I got a good workout in. I've already consumed 20 ounces of water so I am starting the day off right!
I spent some time yesterday reviewing the 10-K training guide. I wanted to get acquainted with weekly routine and suggestions offered for the strength & stretch days, as well as the cross training days.
I'm all packed for in the morning, including my lunch. So I should be good to go! I just need to go to bed at a decent hour.
I'm about to start training again. This time, it is a 10K. Eek! I don't know if I'm up to the task, but I'm going to, at least, give it a try. I'm going to follow Hal Higdon's novice guide for a 10-K.
I just printed it off and I will start on Monday. I like that it includes strength training and cross training. It also gives some guidelines for stretching. So expect regular posting to resume come Monday about my progress.