Back to it with Trainer. Started the week with a four-mile base run at 8:51 pace before the sun came up (thank you, daylight savings sheesh). Then core, upper body, and prehab session with Trainer. For the footwork drills, we do 2-3 sets of each, and even though the pattern is similar, it gets changed up slightly each set, so it hits different parts of the leg (e.g., one set I hop laterally, the other forward and back).
I spent a week in Jamaica! I could have pushed it and stuck to a rigid schedule, but I took the opportunity to rest, relax, and reconnect. Here’s how it went.
Short week and a travel week, but I still got some good work in.
From a recent track session. We’ve been working on an exaggerated high knee (ahem, the audio). I am not fast compared to people who actually compete in masters track, but what I at least try to do is have good form. That is one of the things I think about when it gets real like on the third rep of a 120 (after hill work).
People want to do something. When discussing social issues, what I’m struck with is the desire people have to contribute and make an impact on their community and beyond. They want to give, help, advocate for change…but they oftentimes don’t know how. The methods for advocacy are as voluminous as there are problems, and such overwhelm can lead to paralysis. However making a difference does not require charging up Capitol Hill. Rather, being an advocate can start with being a conscious consumer. In other words, one can effect change by simply making routine purchases of goods and services more thoughtfully, so that one’s ideals are reflected in those choices.
To sum up the week: “What did I do?” Here are the highlights.
Started the week with an active recovery day. I did an easy 2 miles (9:28) and then had a full body conditioning session with Trainer that included 1000 jump ropes (7:12 sec!) and core work. Pro tip: Do not reveal your weakness. I told Trainer about my penchant for late night snacks. I LOVE my late night snacks. Last night after dinner and after my post-dinner snack, I then had a Lara bar, nuts, vegan cheese, and dried fruit. I don’t know how I don’t weigh a gajillion pounds. Anyway the core work felt extra hard today. Ugh.
I didn’t do nearly as much recovery this week, and had a difficult track workout with Trainer. Hill sprints, 120s and 80s, then some footwork on some tired legs. Sheesh. Anyway, I paid for it on my long run. It was a struggle run. Mentally wasn’t feeling it at all; physically legs were dead. Oh well, I figured it out. Highest mileage week and longest run in a minute. Just being patient and knowing that this is the time to build my endurance and trusting the speed will show up later.
So I was feeling so good after last week’s long run of 10 miles that I went ahead and made the commitment. On my long run, I was seriously questioning my life choices.
Total Weekly Mileage: 28
Long Run: 12
This was a breakthrough week for me. Here are the highlights.
Short run and then a conditioning test and prehab with Trainer. Lord, I wasn’t ready for it. In the middle of the test I demanded that Trainer trade me! Sheesh. I ended up doing two sets of 13 exercises in an hour — not including a dynamic warm-up and stretching 😩. Train hard race easy right?
Here are the highlights from this week’s training.
The thee words the best describe me lately: sore, exhausted, and hungry. It’s all fun and games when you’re just kicking it during the holidays/vacation with some light running and regular conditioning, but then you come back and…I dunno it feels like it got real, real fast lol. More speedwork, increased mileage, and the addition of a new leg strengthening routine that Trainer has me doing that seems cruel 😩 It’s not right! Anyway, I am walking weird, napping, and eating anything that isn’t nailed down. Feels like training has finally begun!