This week is the first week since I started running again in late August that I’ve felt mentally strong, which in turn provided a dose of adrenaline to my physical strength. Strong mind and strong body makes me a happy camper. Perhaps it’s the fact the days are getting longer. Or maybe it’s the renaissance of chirping birds outside my window with Persephone’s visit less than 3 weeks away. Regardless of the plausibilities, I thoroughly enjoyed my training this past week.
On Saturday, I was home alone with my two daughters (10 and 1). I was determined to get in a long run and mentally prepared myself to run 9 miles on the treadmill.
Distance: 9 miles
Time: 1:32:02 10:12 min/mi
Monday was leg day, so I did a quick run (again on the treadmill) in the morning but did not push too hard because I wanted to have strong legs for deadlifts.
Time: 31:05 9:59 min/mi
Deadlift 1 Rep Max: 180lbs!!!
I was uncertain how sore my hamstrings and quadriceps would be from deadlifts and back squats the day before, but Tuesday was pleasantly surprising because my legs felt strong. I decided to do sprints on the treadmill while my daughter napped.
1 mile warm-up followed by 1/4 mile repeats @ 7:20 min/mi (sprint 1/4 mile for 1:50 secs, walk 1:50. Sprints were 8.2 on treadmill)
Time: Repeat 6 times
Wednesday I opted for HIIT training – 3 rounds of: (21-15-9) deadlifts, jump rope, box jumps and sit-ups for time (9:43).
Thursday was 25 minutes of cardio on the rowing machine (great workout – my butt was sore).
On Friday, I had a small exercise window and decided to do a 5k as fast as I could.
Saturday’s long run was a new route for me and it included something that will really help me get faster – hills! I was nervous about it, but I told myself this was supposed to be a long and slow run and not a tempo run. The weather conditions were much to my chagrin. In fact, I was supposed to run first thing in the morning (6:00 am), but I looked at the weather app and noticed it was windy (17 mph) and the 37 degrees felt like they were more in the twenties! I thought it would get warmer as the day progressed, but instead, it got cooler and even more windy! I didn’t want to postpone my long run any longer and decided I needed to stop making excuses and just confront the weather once and for all.
Distance: 9.10 mi
Time: 1:43:33 11:23 mi/mi
How was your training week? Weak, or strong? Are your mind and body ready for Spring?