So many people are training for this and that ... I just HAD to jump on the bandwagon.
This week my plan is:
Sun - 6 miles easy @ 9:45
Mon - Rest
Tues - 3 mile tempo run @ 8:30/mi
Wed - 3 mile moderate run (1.5 miles at 8:50 / 1.5 miles at 7:30)
Thur - 3 mile easy run @ 9:45/mi
Fri - rest
Sat - 3 mile easy fartleks
I may have to switch Fri & Sat as I'm probably travelling on Saturday and don't want to run in the afternoon heat. Although I could also get up and run early - eeeeeeeekkkkkk!
Yesterday called for a 3 mile tempo run. Due to circumstances I had to run around 5:30 last night and it was HOTT! (yes double T)
I did a 1/2 mile slow warm-up, followed by light stretching and mental prep. Then headed out for my workout. Ideally this would have been a steady run, but it was frickin' hot, and I didn't bring my water bottle with me. So instead I stopped about every mile to either stand in the shade a moment, or to go into the community centre and get a chug of water. I did manage to stay on pace with an average speed of 8:25/mi. Hopefully next weeks tempo run I can organize a bit better and run it straight through. At the end I did something I've never done and I went for another short, slow run to cool down. Although I had already essentially cooled down after stopping for water, the slow jog felt good, like it was loosening up my legs.
At the end of my run, I went into the community centre again to get a drink & use the washroom. I'm absolutely drenched in sweat ... and I run into the execs of our soccer club (a few are my son's current or past coaches) about to have a meeting. Oh well, I'm sure I didn't look (or smell) lovely, but they're used to it as I often run during practices.
While there I did find out some news. My daughter will be playing soccer this year as well and I had already anticipated that girls typically play on some Sundays. But I found out for my son this year, his age group goes to playing on Sundays every week, instead of Saturdays like has forever. Boo hoo! First, I REALLY like to watch the kids play every single game and inevitably their games will overlap at times. But second .... Sunday mornings is my ME time for my long runs. I'm going to have to do some careful planning this season.
I'm not sure if I will use this training plan towards anything. I do have my eye on a couple of races for Septeber/October ... but we'll see if I get to entering them. One I'm pretty confident I can manage, though I'd really love to do the others as well. Either way, I think I really needs this plan to give me some focus and some reason. The idea of just going out there and running, step after step, just because - well, it's ain't for me! In some ways I wish it was, and at certain times I do enjoy a few runs like that. But for the most part I need a plan and/or a goal. I'd like to get my 10K time under 50 minutes and I'm hoping this plan will help to get me there.
My community is hosting the provincial summer games. The events start tomorrow and I'm kinda thinking about going out to watch some of these amazing kids compete. I just found out that my neighbors son will be in it. How exciting for him and what a great experience!