Week 2 of Ottawa Marathon Training Plan is Complete. I am trying to keep myself accountable by blogging the highs and lows of training. If anyone is looking for a dull read to put them to sleep, this makes great bedtime reading.
Monday – Plan: 10k Easy
This was easy. Workplace Group Run has dwindled to only one lady but she wants to run more. We run twice a week and amazingly our pace is consistent every time. When I run alone my pace is all over the place. We met at our usual spot and planned to run to the end of the trail which I thought was about 5k away. It was actually 5.3k so we ended up with 10.6. Hubby wanted to go to the gym that evening, so I did some unscheduled Upper Body Strength Training. oh,, and we saw this cool rainbow on our morning run.
Tuesday – Plan : Core Strength / Tempo
As planned I met a friend at the gym to participate in CXWORX class for core strength. Then I tried to do a Tempo run but my body said Not A Chance. In hindsight I should have done the run first. The CXWORKS was intense and it fatigued my core. When my body talks I listen. ( unless it tells me not to run, then I don’t listen) I settled for a moderate paced 5k instead. Lesson learned.
Wednesday – Plan:Rest Day
Ok, we all know that a Rest Day is really just an Easy Day with Optional Cross Training. So.. I went to the gym after work and threw a few weights around and then herded turtles at my run club’s Couch to 5k. It’s an easy way to get a Streak saving run in. Total distance 4.5 km
Thursday – Plan: Circuit Workout
This did not go according to plan. I enjoyed a nice 5k run with a friend and there were no circuits. I did attend another CXWORKS class so got some good core strength training. It was a good compromise.
Friday – Plan : Cross Training
Change of plans. I decided to switch Friday for Saturday and I did a Vo2Max session to determine a baseline so I can measure improvement. After warming up I ran as hard as I could for 6 minutes. Distance was .75 miles . ( When I did this test several months ago my distance was .64 miles, so I am pretty pumped about that) It was a great workout and I felt terrific afterwards. And smashed my 1 km PB by 17 seconds. Sweet!
Saturday – Plan: Vo2Max Session
Whew! What a day at work! Thank goodness I did my hard workout yesterday. Because I did the Vo2Max session yesterday, today’s plan was cross training. I had hoped to have time to go to the gym for some cardio but I was really pressed for time. Besides I was too tired to do a quality workout. Of course I ran (Run streak Day # 728 ) I did the Santa Sprint.. 2.6 km along the Santa Claus parade route prior to the commencement of the parade. Then I walked briskly back to the start, and I will count that as my Cross Training.
Sunday -Rest Day
2 km run around the neighborhood in cold, slushy windy rain.
Same as last week. I didn’t stick with the plan 100 % but I am not skipping workouts, merely substituting and compromising. This is an aggressive training schedule and I am still trying to figure out how to fit it all in while balancing family / work/ everything else. Feeling good about how it is going so far.