Happy Chinese New Year!
Here's how the week went for me:
MONDAY - Warm-up 10 minutes on the stationary bike, lift 45 minutes
TUESDAY - Run 3.1 miles on the treadmill
WEDNESDAY - 35 minutes on the stationary bike
THURSDAY - 3 miles of incline work on the treadmill (10-minute warm-up, followed by 2-minute intervals at inclines 1-5)
FRIDAY - Warm-up 10 minutes on the stairclimber, lift 40 minutes
SATURDAY - Yoga video, 45 minutes
SUNDAY - Run 8 miles (6.6 miles outside, 1.4 miles of 2-minute incline intervals on the treadmill, levels 1-5)
- Late last week, I had mentally composed a blog post about the cruelties and unusualities of hill-training. I was going to discuss how you experience a much higher total sum of pain from a) 3 months of hill-training torture, versus b) Just going out and dying on one single race day. The post was going to be titled "Training anti-synergies" or something similar.
- Thankfully, last week's hill workouts went smoothly (which is why you are reading a calm training recap today =D). I'm already seeing some pay-off from all the hard work! I used to take notice whenever I ran over any overpasses, no matter how slight the gradients. Yesterday, for the first time ever, I did NOT notice. Yay!
- I need to come up with a contingency plan on using the treadmill to finish my long runs. Yesterday, both of my building's treadmills were occupied when I arrived. Luckily, I only had to wait a few minutes before one opened up. I may not always be so lucky, though.
- ADVICE: If you ever need to free up a treadmill for yourself, it works well to stand in direct view and alternate maniacally between staring blankly at the users and staring at your watch. KIDDING, of course! Kind of.
- Work has been busy, which resulted in yoga taking a hit last week. I skipped both my usual classes on Tuesday and Friday. To make up for it, I did an at-home yoga video on Saturday. It was a really nice change to practice in the privacy of my own home. I need to do this more often. (Sorry, Adam, for kicking you out of the living room!)
- Lesley had suggested using the stairclimber as another incline-work tool. On Friday, I tried warming up on the stair machine before lifting. It was a solid jolt to my entire lower body! Going forward, I definitely want to keep mixing in more stairs.
- As I mentioned yesterday, I am now planning to run the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon on March 12. I am trying to figure out how best to reconfigure my long run schedule for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May. I've got a couple versions in the works - a "basic" version and a "challenging" version. I feel like it's a precarious balancing act between trying to train ambitiously versus too aggressively. It's a frequent story of our lives as runners, yes? More on this to come.