Monday, February 25, 2008
10K Training Week 3 - Hanging in But Slow Start to Week 4
In week 3 of my 10K training plan I managed to get all the requisite running in along with both strength training sessions. Mondays seem tiring for me. I felt tired while running on the treadmill and during the weights. Maybe it's recovery from the weekend. In my previous training plans, Monday was my rest day after Sunday's long run. Maybe my body is expecting rest.
I had a nice 40 min tempo run on Wed morning with a brief stop to chat with one of the neighborhood runners. Otherwise, my shorter mid week runs have been without walking breaks! I did a couple of mid day runs at work. My Thursday workout ended up on Friday, but I got it done.
Once again on Saturday I did not cross train. I am not sure I will ever get to that part - so it appears 5 days of running is what I seem to manage - which has always been true of my training. 5 days seems to be my threshold. I had a nice 6 miler on Sunday, running about an 11 min/mile pace and finishing strong with my fastest mile. I walked about once per mile for 30 - 45 sec.
Now here is the kicker. Remember those numbers I started this all with. I started out weighing in at 129 lbs. At the beginning of week 2 and 3 I was 128.5 lbs (a little progress). But at this morning's weigh in I tipped the scale at 130.5 lbs. One step forward and two steps back (sigh)!! I guess I now need to work the diet thing too. My eating habits have been kind of erratic - lots of bad foods. I can't imagine how bad it would be if I didn't run at all!
Well off into week 4 I go. Today was run 3 and strength train but my schedule got away from me and I did neither. I will give it a go tomorrow with a 4.5 miler and strength training - it will make for a long lunch hour (actually 2) but I feel the strength training is important to get in. I hope the rain holds off past lunch - I can't bear to think of a 4.5 miler on the treadmill! I have gotten spoiled running outside.
I am tired...I'm headed to bed.