I don’t know about you, but I am TIRED after this week. Even though my race last Sunday was relatively short, I am still winded from running faster than normal. Thankfully, after a long Lenten season, I finally have Doritos and Dunkin’ Donuts back in my life. That helps with the fatigue J
Because all my body and mind were zonked, I took several (unplanned rest days):
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Stair climbing, 33 flights up and down (!)—20 minutes
+ Yoga for Runners—36 minutes
Wednesday: Rest Day
*I was supposed to do both upper and lower body workouts from the Butt Bible, but since my neck and right shoulder were/are still giving me trouble, I didn’t want to aggravate anything by using weights. Best to save the dumbbells for after Broad Street!
Thursday: Running, easy/no stopping, 5.36 miles @ 9:22 average pace—50 minutes
Getting fatigued during a run—any run—is one of my biggest problems. I have never had a race that I was able to run straight through, and my training runs with no stopping are also rare. I definitely want to boost my endurance, and this run was a good start!
Friday: Rest Day
I didn’t have any formal exercise on this day, but I did a TON of walking—more than 18,000 steps! That pales in comparison to Thursday (33,636) and Saturday (27,094), however.
Saturday: Running, tempo, 5.24 miles @ 9:17 average pace—48:36 minutes
Very interesting how I averaged the same pace over my easy/no stopping and tempo runs. The difference—during my easy workout, I kept the pace consistent and measured. In the tempo, I went all out (average running pace just over 8:00 minutes/mile) but became very tired very fast and thus had to take several walk breaks. It would be nice to marry these two so that I am running consistent fast splits with very few walk breaks!!!
Sunday: Running, long, 10.03 miles @ 9:40 average pace—1:37:04 hours
On this run, I tried yet another strategy: scheduled run/walk intervals of 7:00/2:00. While this structure kept me from hitting the wall, I’m not 100% confident in it as a race plan. I know that I could adjust the intervals for race day (maybe 7:30/1:30?), but some of my best races (in terms of PRs) have seen me go all out the first few miles, reign it in with walk breaks in the middle, and go back to relative speed at the close. Then again, I know I lost my drive in the last few miles of Broad Street 2013, so this might be a good way of preventing a repeat of that. And, in good news, this training run was faster than last year’s BSR PR of 1:39:10!
+ Yoga for Runners—36 minutes *planned
Don’t worry, I don’t intend on skipping this session. I sorely need it. Haha, get it? Yeah, I’m lame.
Did you do anything fun for the holiday?