While I've been "in training" for awhile, my focus on the Phoenix Marathon began this week. I'll be increasing my mileage and am really trying to live up to one of my goals for the year - cross training, strength training and even being better about stretching and foam rolling. Week 1in the books, let's see how I did!
Sunday | Cross Train
After Saturday's 12-miler at an 8:26 pace, I decided to go for the rest day on Sunday. We spent the day packing up Christmas (sad face) and getting ready to head back to work on Monday (double sad face). A much needed super easy Sunday.
Monday | Rest
Since I skipped my cross-training sesh on Sunday, I headed to the gym Monday after work with Doug. He ran a bit and I focused on getting a good sweat on the stationary bike and learning some weight machines. I've pestered him for forever on teaching me so I won't be so intimdated by weights (machines or free weights, for that matter), so it was nice to finally learn some.
Cycle: 40 minutes, 9 miles
Weights: 10 minutes
Tuesday | 70 minutes aerobic
I'm really proud that I actuall hauled my butt out of bed to do this at 5:15 on Tuesday morning. We had happy hour plans with friends who were heading back to Texas that night, so I got up and got to work. Boom! Just over 7 miles at a 9:45 average page - it's crazy to me that that pace used to be such a comfortable race pace and now is more an aerobic pace. Progress, kids!
Wednesday | Cross Train/Rest
My local Fleet Feet does free yoga for runners on Wednesday nights, just a $5 donation recommended. I've been saying forever that I'd like to go, but have always come up with a reason not to. I've always hated the yoga classes I've been to in the past, so I was a little nervous about this one... but I loved it! Casual, easy going and really just felt like the best stretch ever. Success. I think I'll be there every week!
Thursday | 40 minute race pace
Couldn't get my butt up this time, so went and got it in after work before we headed out for dinner. I hit a 9:17 warm up mile (!) and 3 miles at an 8:34 pace and while I was trying to cool down, I hit the emergency stop button on the treadmill for the second time that night so I gave up from there. 37 minutes done, 4.25 miles in the bag!
Friday | Rest
Happily! Hooray for Fridays and hooray for Fridays being rest days. I had a long day at work to get ready for the start of the new quarter on Monday, so I was grateful I didn't need to squeeze my workout in before heading to the office earlier than normal. Man, I love rest days.
Saturday | 16 aerobic
So this really turned into 16 race pace, as I really kinda wanted to see what I was made of. I paced the Citrus Heritage Half 2:00 group. I wanted to hit a 2:00 race on this course anyway to demolish my course PR from last year, and at the last minute got pulled on as a pacer on Thursday, so had to hold myself to that 2:00 goal! Success. Right in at 2:00. Race recap tomorrow!
I'm pleased with this week's effort and more pleased with (most of) the long run yesterday. I'm stoked that I'm regularly holding down a sub-2 half and am looking forward to see how I can put that into play in a full in just seven weeks! Eep!
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