This is my accountability blog. By writing my progress here, I am staying focused and pushing harder than I normally would. It is also a learning tool as I figure out how this marathon training thing works.
This plan is developed by me, for me. The bare bones of the plan is Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Marathon Plan with liberal input from Owen Anderson’s “The Science of Running” and Alan Culpepper’s “Running Like A Champion,” with solicited advice from a running friend.
Monday – Planned 60 minutes cycling / 3k Recovery Run
Actual: So here is how it went down. I wore my workout clothes to the gym with the idea that I was going to use this Recovery Run as a Warm Up on a nearby trail before going into the gym to use the stationary bike. The execution of this plan was less than desirable. The run went ok, but I learned an uncomfortable lesson about ignoring bathroom urges. “nuff said. Instead of entering the gym I drove home and had a shower and did some laundry. Cycling didn’t happen and will be rescheduled, but I did do a couple of hours of hiking through my Dad’s woodlot so there is that.
Tuesday – Planned 10k Easy / Core Strength
Actual: As always core strength was done with a buddy, so there was no getting out of that. We went to the gym early and did 30 minutes together on the elliptical. To compensate for this extra activity I cut my run short. ( 6k)
Wednesday – vVO2Max/ Warm Up/ 5×800 with equal time recovery/ cool down 1 mile
Actual: Feeling fatigued after working on my feet all day, but I got ‘er done. The 800m intervals took about 4:30-4:40 minutes, so I can’t complain about that. Not my best results, but all things considered it was a great workout. I’m not gonna lie… I was glad to finish the last interval.
Thursday – 5k Easy Running / Core Strength
Actual : Today I ran with a buddy. She was in charge of the route, and tricked me into doing 7k. Bummer! Instead of the core strength workout I ate out with my Run Group. (not exactly an equal substitute… fatten the tummy versus flatten the tummy? )
Friday – Circuit Workout / WU / 400m @5k intensity/ 10x 1 leg bicepcurls/ 45situps/18burpees/15 bench dips/ 400m @5k intensity/ /7@ feet-elevated pushups/12 squat,dumbell press/ 45 lower back extension/ 10@ one leg squat, 10lb dumbbell/ 400m @5kintensity/ Cool Down 3k
Actual : It’s Good Friday. As a baker, I have been working my butt off this week. I rested . I am going to put off this workout for a few days and somehow make it fit into next week’s schedule. I did enjoy a nice hike to the sugar woods with hubby.
Saturday- Rest Day
Actual: After yesterdays unscheduled Rest Day, I knew that I had to make adjustments. Instead of resting today I ran 2k warmup, followed by one hour of cycling. ( the workout that I missed earlier this week. )
Sunday- 8k Easy
Actual: I ran with a buddy, 11k. #bonusmiles Then prepared Easter Dinner. So much food.!
I blame Easter for the chaotic week. As a baker, I have been working long and hard to prepare for this busy weekend. In my free time I have been getting ready for Easter Dinner for my family. ( 23 people)
I skipped one workout and rescheduled another. As I have mentioned before, circuit/strength workouts are not my strength and I don’t have to look far to find an excuse to not do it. I don’t like missing a workout. I don’t like rescheduling. Every workout has a purpose and the schedule is designed to flow smoothly for optimum efficiency. That being said , I DID miss a key workout and it WILL be rescheduled early next week. With only five weeks remaining it is critical that I complete each workout as it is scheduled so it does not disrupt the rest of the week.
Total mileage this week. : 43km ( but it feels like more! )