I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty low key with kid sports and of course, running for me.
It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about what’s going on in my running. Technically, I’m training. I’ve got the Leaf Peeper Half as part of Rise.Run.Retreat on 10/2 and the Runner’s World Half & Festival 10/14-10/16 (Join me in Pennsylvania and you can get 10% off your registration with code HappyFitMamaBlog at checkout). But I haven’t really felt like I’m training. It’s very bizarre. Usually, when I have a race on my schedule, I’m all about making a plan, following a plan and being the plan.
Something switched in my brain and I’ve been very content with winging it.
Maybe it’s because I keep telling myself that I’m not going to be officially “racing” any of my upcoming races. Sure, I would like to do well. And yes, I’m going to try to run a solid race. With all my foot niggles since June, I’ve convinced myself that I am NOT in racing shape and shouldn’t be even thinking about racing.
That being said, I’ve still been running. I’m still doing hill workouts. I’ve been hitting the track here and there. And I’ve been running long. I’m putting in miles but just doing what I want to do.
What I have not been doing is stressing about it.
We’ll see how this approach works come race day.
Here’s how last week went down in training.
Monday: 45 minutes bike trainer, weights, core and BOSU
I set my bike up on the trainer inside again. The morning’s are way too dark to be riding. It’s a good way to get in some cross training before hitting the weights. Monday’s workout was all about walking lunges, Kettlebell exercises, mountain climbers before core and BOSU balance work. I really like THIS BOSU workout. It’s helped with my foot mobility TONS. The Booty workouts are great too.
Tuesday: A.M. Yoga class, Run 7 miles – Hill Repeats – 2 x 2:00, 2 x 1:30, 2 x 60 sec, 2 x 30 sec, 2 x 2:00
I skipped an early morning run and opted for a yoga class followed by a run. I much prefer to do it in reverse order but I’ve been spooked about running solo in the early morning. The huge ass hill that I run most of my repeats on takes me about 2 minutes to run up it’s full length. It’s a lung burning, heart rate cranking of a hill. But I know that it’s doing wonders for my running.
Wednesday: A.M. 45 minute bike trainer w/ intervals, weights, core, BOSU, handstand practice
To keep things lively on the bike trainer, I like to do Fartlek workouts based on the songs that come through on Pandora. I’ll speed up on the chorus or do a burst for an up tempo song. My legs were a little sore from the hill repeats but the spinning worked it out.
Thursday: 7 mile trail run
I met up with my friend Jess for a trail run Thursday morning. She’s a badass Ultra runner (she just did the Vermont 100 in June) so I tried to soak in her wisdom and tips. We stuck to a short section of single track and mostly snowmobile trails. I think she wanted to see what I could do before she brought me somewhere too technical. The good news is that she thinks I’m good at uphill climbing. However, I suck at downhills and it’s something that I really need to work on. Now if I only can convince me feet, ankles and knees to fly down the trail without making me do a face plant and sprain/break something!
Friday: A.M. Easy 3 mile run + core/BOSU; P.M. Sunset Yoga Hike
I’ve been trying to ease in a 5th day of running. Some weeks it happens, others I let it slide. I’d love to be a runner who can run 6 days a week but my body doesn’t like it. Four days seems to be the happy spot.
In the evening I joined Bending Bodhi Yoga for a Sunset Yoga Hike. It’s an easy 30-40 minute hike followed by a short practice at the summit. It was a gorgeous night with the Harvest Moon. It was stunning in person but looks horrible in pics.
Saturday: Easy 5 miles
This was supposed to be a really easy run but I was running short on time for the last 1.5 miles. I really didn’t want to run a 7:30 cool down mile!
Sunday: Long run – 15 miles
When I found out that Mount Agamenticus 9 Trail Race was cancelled, my long run plans were foiled. I had hoped to do a couple before, race and couple after. Then Sarah was looking for 15 miles of company on her run. The thought of running 14-15 miles alone was not appealing at all so I jumped at the offer. I felt good up until the last 2 miles. I started to fade a bit with a cramp in my right hamstring and tired feet. Long runs are shorter when you have great company and beautiful views.
What are you training for right now?
Have you ever trained by “winging” it?