4 mile run to start off my morning, and I actually dipped my pace under 8 minutes….okay it was 7:59 per mile, but still!!! :) I can’t wait to see how much fitness I gain over the next 12 weeks (and for my abs to pop out more?) ;D
Cardio for the day is done! :) I went a little earlier in the day and felt A LOT better. Runs in 100 degrees are not fun! It was probably in the 80’s when I ran :)
Anyways just over 3 miles for today! I’ve got to build back up slow so that I don’t get injured or burn out! As much as I want to push my mileage and the pace, I need to be smart about my training so that I’ll be healthy for XC in the fall.
Came back from my run and immediately jumped in the pool and did like 5 minutes of aqua jogging and a couple laps to cool down my legs a bit. Now I’m just sitting in my lazy boy chair and enjoying my backyard :)
Sometimes I get discouraged because it was only 2 months ago that I was able to run 12 miles at a 7:44 pace and now I’m struggling to get in a few miles at 8:30 pace. I know that it’s consistency that will get me back to where I was. Being in that walking boot and then just being lazy from end of the year stress really affected my running.
But on the bright side, it will be really cool to document how long it takes me to get back to where I was just 9 short weeks ago :) I can do it! I will work hard every day to show my coach, and myself, how great of a runner I can be :D
So I was planning on running for 45 minutes but 15 minutes into my run I got a call from my dentist asking if I was on my way (oops!) so I literally sprinted home, jumped in the pool, threw on some clothes and drove down there. I didn’t want to finish my run in the 100 degree heat, so I did a little over 20 minutes of aqua jogging to fill up the rest of my time for the day :) aqua jogging is a great alternative to running and doesn’t put stress on your legs, I would recommend it to anyone who can’t fit in a run because of the heat and still wants to get an equally challenging workout! :) Also going to do toneitup’s sunkissed abs video later as part of my bikini series challenge ^_^ 6 weeks left in the challenge!
- Run 6 days a week (2-3 days being double days) Eventually work up to 60 mpw
- The one day a week I’m not running either swim, bike, or completely rest
- 3 days a week include strength training of some sort (thinking of using some Insanity videos)
I haven’t been posting much about running and that’s because I really haven’t been running much. Maybe 3 times a week is what I’m doing right now, and there are some reasons for that
- I was doing SO well after coming back from winter break, but then when I got put in the walking boot for 3 weeks it just kinda…I don’t know, broke my spirit. I know that a lot of people get injured, but it just sucked to see a lot of the progress I had made slowly fade away. At least I know I can get back to that level again someday :)
- I feel like my anemia is really bad right now. I’m unnecessarily tired and lack any type of motivation to do anything but sleep and watch Netflix. I know that when my iron levels are really low that I act a certain way and I’ve definitely been displaying some of those characterstics
- Lastly, ummm COLLEGE. Well, at least end of the semester college. I have so many essays to write, presentations to do, and exams to study for that it takes up so much of my time
In conclusion, I’m slightly upset that I haven’t been working hard towards running. But I know that when I get home in 2 weeks I’ll be able to get back into it very easily and work towards my goals.
Oh and in other news, my coach may red shirt me next year…we shall see.
I’m going to be one of those “crazy people” who runs ulra marathons when they’re older. Yep, can’t wait :)
Can’t wait to get back on the trails :)
I was looking through some blogs I follow and found this bit of information that I found very informing (from hungryrunnergirl)
Basically this is a sum up of what happens when you take time off of running and the effects it has based on how much time you take off. Gives me a good idea of what to do once I get out of this boot :) thought it would be helpful for those of you in situations similar to mine!
And it just so happens runners world shared this article today :)
I suggest reading it to those of you struggling with this during your runs :)
When people are like “nice yoga pants” I just want to be like
ACTUALLY THEY’RE RUNNING TIGHTS BUT THANKS FOR PLAYING
1 mile warmup
1 mile controlled (6:05)
3x400 (1:21, 1:19, 1:20)
1 mile cool down
Nice, short, and fast :) really happy with my mile time controlled, definitely felt good for that part of the workout. I struggled a little bit on the 400s but not everyday is going to be perfect.
Came back and did my post run yoga which was only about 15 minutes. Going to try and get in a few miles later and more yoga or I might go lift weights with my teammates.
Last track workout before my first track meet
3 miles on the treadmill @ 7.5 mph (hated it) so I got off and did 10 laps on the indoor track and still hated it. I’m just meant to be outside in nature ^_^
So just under 4 miles of running and then I came home and did 25 minutes of yoga. It was so nice to get some good stretching and it was a nice easy flow for me (beginner yogi).
First track meet is in 4 days! Super nervous but all I can do is get out there and try my best. it’s sad that I’m more excited for the mile than the 800… It’s just that we don’t do THAT much speed so I’m kinda afraid I’m not as keen to the 800 as I used to be.
Just ran the second longest run of my life! :) 12 miles to be exact and it was amazing! I felt good pretty much the entire time! The only rough patch was from mile 8 to mile 9, but after that was pretty much coasting along.
So proud of myself for being able to still go this distance, especially since I haven’t run over 10 miles in over a month.
This was just what I needed to refocus myself :) ahhhh I’m on such a runners high right now! ^_^
Now time to refuel my body so that it can recover properly :)