29 March 2016
5K/10K Training Tuesday: Week Eight
Monday: 2.5 mile run
Friday: 3.5 miles
Monday started with a 2.5 mile training run and omg it was a rough one. About a mile and a half in I was so ready to quit but I kept pushing myself and finished. Maybe didn't finish strong and certainly didn't finish happy, but I finished.
Tuesday I was back at lunchtime Zumba at work, it was the first time in weeks and I'd forgotten how good of a workout it is! Work also has a huge selection of free weights so she incorporated those into the routines as well which is good because I have a hard time getting strength training in.
Wednesday I decided to add some more speedwork back into my training and did the Mona Fartlek which is something I discovered when I was training back in the fall. I like it because it's time based, not distance based like other speed workouts I've seen.
I think I'm going to make this my normal Wednesday workout -- it will be interesting to see if there is any progress or changes over the next month or so between now and race day. I'm moving this weekend and will be really close to a high-school (and, thus, a high-school track) and I need to look into their policies regarding the community using it because that would be the best place to work on this.
Thursday was yoga at work and Friday I got my butt up super early to get my long run in before work.
It was cold and dark and my legs were cold and tired but I got those 4 miles in before needing to head into work.
I really kind of hate running in the dark and not just because it's, y'know, dark. I think part of the reason I sometimes struggle that time of year is because I have to be hyper aware of my surroundings so it's not as easy to get into the zone. I always stick to areas with streetlamps and keep my music super low and earbud in only one ear (or skip music altogether) but it's nearly impossible to just run like that. But spring and summer are coming soon so I'll have more daylight in the mornings and I'll be able to relax a bit more when I'm out there.
Obviously I could run after work but I always prefer working out in the mornings so the struggle is real.
Saturday I attended Yoga / Brunch which is a new program my friend Alicia from Poise In Parma has organized. She teaches a 60 minute all levels yoga class and then attendees are invited to brunch at Dante Next Door. (Bonus: there is a free mimosa involved!)
This was the veggie hash they had. When the waitress was going over the specials someone asked about the size of the hash, like if it was big enough for an entree. She said if you added eggs it would be.
Potatoes, carrots, onions...I lost count of all the veggies but zomg it was so good. And while I have an IG filter on the photo above, the egg yolks were really that level of orange so you know he bought them fresh.
This was the first week so far that I've trained for six days so, needless to say, I was very much looking forward to a relaxing Sunday. This upcoming week is going to be a bit stressful since I'm moving this weekend so I'm trying to figure out when to fit my long run in. Right now I'm aiming for Sunday in the park while the boyfriend is at work. I need to start doing more back-to-back runs so my legs will be ready in May for the 5K/10K Challenge of racing Saturday and Sunday.
This week my fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassador Melissa is giving away a free race entry!
Love from the ashes,