It was so spring-like on the weekend, I nearly cried tears of joy when I stepped outside without a jacket and felt… warm? Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live in a place where I wouldn’t have to worry about the weather ruining my plans (or life). A land where year-round outdoor running is possible. A life without vitamin d deficiency and bone de-mineralization. It’s what my dreams are made of, friends.
I have a feeling only Canadians can relate to my (non-existent) problems. We have two seasons: summer and winter and we either complain about being too cold or too hot. There is no in between.
To celebrate, I drank a marg because margaritas = summer. (I actually drank 3)
How’s your day going so far? Did you have a good weekend?
After this weekend’s long run, I’m feeling much more confident about my running progression. Fortunately, I was able to get a head-start on my training this year. Since January, I’ve committed myself to building up a solid base of around 10-15 outdoor miles per week before proceeding with a more structured schedule. So far, three ‘run days’ is working well and it leaves me with enough room to pursue my other fitness passions: Bodypump, strength training, hiking or long walks to the fridge.
Last week’s training looked like this:
Monday: 3.1 treadmill miles @ 8:16 avg
Tuesday: Upper body strength + 30 mins elliptical
Wednesday: Lower body strength & core. Strong bum = strong runs! (I’m going to do a piece on the best moves for runners soon!)
Thursday: 4.25 miles @ 8:07 avg
Saturday: Bodypump @ GoodLife Fitness
Sunday: 10 easy miles @ 9:45 avg
The boy woke me up at 9am on Sunday morning by poking me and saying, “Wake up, you gotta run”
Me: “No. I don’t feel good. I’m going to cancel” (I wanted to keep sleeping)
Him: “No you’re not”
Me: “Okay I’ll aim for 5 miles and if I feel horrible, I’ll quit”
My original plan was 8, but you know the old runners logic: I’ve already run 8 and feel good, might as well make it 10. And even after 10, I wanted to add another 3 just for fun. I’m so glad I decided to not be lazy and lace up instead! It was such a fun afternoon.
I ran with friends during my “easy” 10 miler. We stayed in zones 2 & 3 (70-80% & 80-90% of max heart rate) until the last mile when I began sprinting because I was thirsty, hungry and had to go to the bathroom. I think the trick to enduring long “Z-2″ runs is to round up friends to train with. We chatted and laughed the entire time and the miles flew by in no time! These types of runs are the ultimate patience test for me. My instinct is to run faster because it feels too easy, but some experts suggest it’s an essential piece to getting faster and building endurance in the long run. Ha! The long run. (Want more info on heart rate zone training? Here’s a Runners World article that breaks it down.) I’m on the fence with Z2/Z3 training. I feel like there’s a high probability that long distance, easy runs are ‘junk miles’ which focus more on quantity instead of quality. How do you expect to run fast if you don’t practice running fast? On the other hand, how can you endure long distances if you don’t practice running long distances? I guess that’s why it’s important to do both. High intensity intervals on some days, long, easy “safe” runs on others. Sorry, I’m thinking out loud and rambling here.
In other news, I ordered a running day-planner from Amazon to keep me organized and accountable. Cassie recommended it and I believe everything she says. For me to be successful, I need to put pen to paper and plan my schedule. That said, I still leave room for flexibility and anticipate to adapt to life as needed. Sometimes a training run won’t happen due to work, illness, injury, plans with friends, Netflix marathons, etc. A few years ago, I’d feel really disappointed in myself if a training run didn’t go as planned or I skipped one. My attitude is so much more relaxed, and wouldn’t ya know it – I’m a better athlete (and human being) because of it!
I’m doing the best I can with my current ability – I’m challenged, but not pushing myself to extremes in order to “keep up” with my perception of what ‘I think other people are doing’. THAT, right there is the key to being a happy and healthy runner (or human being) – just focus on you, and don’t worry about what other people are doing. Self-imposed expectations of how you “think” you should perform and then feeling angry or defeated when you don’t live up to your “standards”? That’s such a yucky feeling. Been there, done that, it didn’t work, so I stopped.
The only thing I need to make a habit of again is yoga. I fell of the wagon around Christmas when my schedule was disrupted and busied myself with running instead. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to commit to my practice! This pattern is cyclical: I love it, but don’t feel like going. Not only that, my feet are covered in blisters and calluses and I’m scared to reveal how gross I am.
However, once I start practicing again, I say, “I forgot I’m such a better person when I’m doing yoga! Why did I stop?” Ugh. Someone yell at me, please.
Here’s to a great week ahead – if I don’t chat with you again before Easter, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and spring break! <3
What kinds of foods do you crave while immersed in training? SALT. ALL THE SALT. I’m craving orange juice and pretzels in particular today.
How do you approach planning workouts? Do you create a schedule or just wing it?
What’s the last workout you did?