Monday morning I jumped out of bed with anticipation of lacing up my running shoes and getting back out on that pavement. I never imagined I would miss running! My body missed it too as we know. It was nice and cool out at 5:30 am and I ran my 3.2 miles in 28 minutes.
Tuesday was a longer run outside at 5:30, I ended up doing 5.2 miles in 45 minutes. It felt like a good swift pace and my legs still felt fresh after.
Wednesday I hit the gym for cross training. I did 6.1 miles on the elliptical in 42 minutes and then I headed over to the weight room. I was having an emotional week in my personal life so I really let out some anger with the weights. I am using 20 pound hand weights now and a 12 pound medicine ball. Lunges, squats, biceps, triceps, shoulders. Then I hit the floor for several push up variations, side plank work I got about 100 push ups done! Then I took the medicine ball and did Russian twists and more crunches.
Thursday was a 5:30 am 5k with some speed work so I completed it in 24 minutes. When I came home form work Thursday night the weather was so beautiful I took peanut in her jogger for a 30 minute jog. We ended up doing about 2.5 miles in 30 minutes.
Friday was a 3 mile run in 30 minutes.
Saturday was cross training at the gym again. I did 4.2 miles on the elliptical in 32 minutes. I used the interval training method and kept my heart rate up in zones 2 and 3. I like using the music as a guide like they do in spin class and that works well for me. Then I did some core work similar to the one on Wednesday for 25 minutes.
Sunday was my first official long run! I headed to DW Park with Garblah my coworker who started running with me about 5 months ago. He does not get out to run as much as I do and his pace is about 2 minutes slower than mine, this works perfect for me. My Galloway training book reccomends to do your long runs 2 minutes slower than your race pace. I need someone like Garblah to keep me from pushing myself too fast. We met at 5AM! I wanted to be done early and celebrate Father's Day with my family and it all worked out well.
The hills at DW Park are kind of tough. It is a 6K course around a pond and it is very scenic. I like doing this run but I know it is not one I can do all the time. But when my training calls for hills I love it!
I promised to video the runs, it is kind of hilarious
Here it is...
And the final thing that makes me happy to be done with week 1? The calories burned!!! After looking at my Polar HRM I know I will be at life time goal weight in no time ;)
How was everyone else's training this past week?