Last week ended up being a really great week of training. Even Daily Mile thought I had a “stellar” week and I couldn’t agree more. My workouts didn’t go entirely as planned but that is ok. One of the things that I am learning this training cycle is that it is OK to switch things up. I may not always be able to workout when I plan so I need to adapt. This week I planned to run on four days and strength train on two days. However, my work schedule conflicted with my plans so I switched up my plan. In the past, missing a workout or not strictly following my training plan has always derailed me but not this time.
Last Week’s Workouts:
- Monday, 6/17/2013 – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.28 miles, 15:00 minutes
- Strength Training – NROLFW Workout 1A #6 (39 minutes)
Despite being a really long couple of days, my boyfriend and I managed to wake up on Monday morning and headed to the gym. We were both feeling really sluggish and not entirely into our workouts. I still managed to get in a solid workout.
- Tuesday, 6/18/2013 – Easy Run + Cross Training
- Running – 2.24 miles, 30:00 minutes, 13:24 min/mile avg. pace
- Walking – 1.06 miles, 21:30 minutes
My training plan only called for a 2 mile run on Tuesday. This week my plan called for the first set back-to-back runs so my easy run during the week called for fewer miles. It honestly felt like the two miles flew right on by. Since my boyfriend and I usually spend an hour at the gym, I decided to end my workout with an walk.
- Wednesday, 6/19/2013 – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 0.50 miles, 5:00 minutes
- Strength Training – NROLFW Workout 1B #6 (37 minutes)
My boyfriend and I were completely exhausted on Wednesday morning so we decided to sleep in. Since he had a softball game that evening, he didn’t really worry about getting in his workout. (By the way, he hit the game winning run!) I didn’t want to miss my workout so I brought my gym clothes with me to work. I ended up getting caught up at work and almost skipped my workout. Instead of not working out at all, I decided to reduce the amount of time I spent on the elliptical machine.
- Thursday, 6/20/2013 – Rest
My biggest issue with working out late at night is that I can never wake up early enough the next morning. Thursday was supposed to be a tempo run day. Not getting to sleep until after 11:30 on Wednesday meant that we weren’t able to make it to the gym. My boyfriend and I had plans for the evening so we decided to use Thursday as our rest day for the week.
- Friday, 6/21/2013 – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.55 miles, 15:00 minutes
- Strength Training – NROLFW Workout 1A #7 (37 minutes)
On Friday morning, we were finally back on track with our morning workouts. Starting this week, my training plan calls for an easy run on Saturday AND a long run on Sunday. I would have loved to make up my missed tempo run but I didn’t want to put my body through the stress of running three days in a row. Instead, I did an extra cross training and strength training workout that I wasn’t planning this week.
- Saturday, 6/22/2013 – Easy Run
- 3.00 miles, 39:25 minutes, 13:08 min/mile avg. pace
On Saturday morning, I had an easy 2 mile on the schedule. I was really disappointed when I missed my tempo run on Thursday so I decided to add an extra mile. The 3 mile run felt amazing. I didn’t feel like I was running too hard or too fast. My new favorite running song came on Pandora and I felt like I was flying.
- Sunday, 6/23/2013 – Long Run
- 8.00 miles, 1:45:20 (total time), 13:11 min/mile avg. pace
Sunday’s run did not go nearly as well as Saturday’s. My training plan called for 8 miles, which is the longest I have run since the Nike Women’s Half in April. I felt sluggish throughout the entire run and I wanted to give up several times. My boyfriend kept me motivated though. He started training for a Century ride this week. Despite being sore, he didn’t stop riding until he finished his 25 mile ride. I used that to keep me going because I really, really wanted to stop.
How did your workouts go last week?