Sunday, March 1, 2020
Weekly Sweats: A Lotta Running
I'm linking up with the Weekly Run Down, please head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
I wasn't planning to increase my Tues & Thursday distances to 6 miles, it happened naturally this week. Since I started fueling before my morning runs, I have just a little extra pop of energy and a few extra minutes because I don't need to take breaks so I can get a full 6 miles in. There's just something about that distance that's very satisfying to my body. Heck, there's no plan for any of this. I've read a billion half marathon training plans and I've just never seen anything that's clicked for my body, so in lieu of having a plan I just run a lot.
Monday: weights + 4 treadmill miles easy
Tuesday: 6 treadmill miles! 1 mile warmup, 6 x 5 minutes fast/2 minutes recovery, cool down.
Thursday: 6 treadmill miles. 1 mile warmup, ladder of 1-2-3-2-1 minutes fast/2 minutes recover, cool down
Friday: weights + 4 treadmill hill miles
Saturday: 10 treadmill miles! If you recall, a few weeks ago I would have died rather than do double digits on the tready but yesterday I was full of energy and totally down for it. Actually yesterday was such a good day that it's a pity that it wasn't a race day because I would have killed it.
With cold temps and snow swirling outside, I fired up a movie and pressed the start button on the treadmill. After a warm up mile, I alternated 0.25 miles fast/0.25 miles slow and the miles flew by. I took brief breaks at 4.25, 6.25, 8.3, and 9.3 miles. Things got a bit tough around the 7 mile mark, so I decided that I would get to 8 and call it a day, but by the time 8 rolled around the tough times were gone and I kept after it.
It's been over a year since I've done dd's (double digits) on the tready and while I'm in no hurry to repeat the experience, everything felt good on this run and oh yes, it doesn't hurt that it was a 10 mile tready PR by almost 30 seconds.
I had a great week inside, and with any luck next week I'll be able to get outside and take advantage of the last week of early sunrises before daylight savings time. Races are right around the corner.
For bragging rights, what's the longest run you've ever done on the treadmill?