Good morning everyone!
I’ve got to get better about posting these on the weekends! Anyway, let’s dive right in…
Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 1.58 Mile Outside Run
Tuesday: 1 Mile Treadmill Run – 1 Mile Stationary Bike
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Rest Day
Weekly Mileage Goals: 24 Miles
Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 2.58 Running Miles – 1 Biking Mile
So..needless to say..this week didn’t go as planned. I mentioned in my last post that I was starting to struggle and I just fell off the deep end from there. Mentally and physically I was just beat. So I took the rest of last week off and allowed myself a few days to not think about running. Then I spent a few days at the end of the week, refocusing, replanning, etc. I came out of this week with a different outlook.
I think I was trying to do too much too fast. My body could never rest and my runs were suffering because of it. With taking last week off..I really didn’t feel fresh again until Saturday! I felt down after both of those short runs at the beginning of the week and I felt like a failure. So I took my running plan..threw it out the window and tried again. My last running plan had me running 4-6 days a week. I’m bringing it back down to 3 and adding a day of crosstraining. I know it might mean that I have to make bigger jumps on distance from run to run or week to week, but I can at least give my body time to rest in between. My new plan looks something like this:
Sunday – Rest
Monday – Morning Long Treadmill Run
Tuesday – Evening Short Outside Run
Wednesday – Stretch Day
Thursday – Morning Long Outside Run
Friday – 30 Mins Crosstraining
We typically do weightlifting 4 days a week as well.
I’m hoping this new plan will work better for my body and mind. I’m looking forward to my stretch day in the middle of the week as well. I’m going to be devoting a full hour to nothing but stretching and Yoga.
In addition to the new plan, I bought a foam roller. It just came in last night and I already tried it out. It’s a little awkward and I definately felt the pain in my IT band and back. I’m hoping I can get better at it and it will help relieve some of my soreness after runs. If you have any tips on foamrolling, I’d love to hear them!
So, hopefully your workouts were better than mine last week. My mileage goal for this coming week is 11 miles. A big drop from the goal last week, but I’m trying to be more realistic. I hope everyone has a great week!