Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 2 x 1200 (2 min RI) and 4 x 800 (2 min RI)

I updated my running plan based on the book “Run Less Run Faster”.  This one ends the week of 9/22 and then I start training for Goofy Challenge.  And I also have a training plan for it.

I know speed workouts are supposed to be hard but how hard?  In the past I was doing them at 8:20 but it was just too difficult that I found myself taking breaks..a lot.  With that many breaks it just defeats the purpose of speed workouts.  So now my speed workouts will be more manageable but yet difficult for me and with time I will get that sub 2 half marathon!

These week’s workouts were the same as last week.  And I felt great (better than last week) when I was done.  I raised the incline to 1% and ran them in 9:01 (1200s) and 8:45 (800s).

Thursday – 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ 9:52, 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ 9:52,  1 mile easy
Done.  I was sweating up a storm when I was done.

Saturday – 10 miles
I met my friend, PA, for another long run along the lakefront.  We decided to meet at 6 am but he overslept and we did not start till close to 7.  I was annoyed but then realized that it happens (it could happen one day to me).  So I used the extra time to stretch and use the bathroom.

I used Aquaphor in the areas that I normally chafe and it worked!  However, because it was a hot day and I was sweating a lot, I also chafed in other areas that I normally do not and that left me very unhappy.

Sunday – Yoga
Another 1.5 hours of hot yoga.  I think I am getting the hang of it.  But my right leg/hamstring/hip is still very, very tight and some poses are just too difficult for me.  I know I need to stretch more so that I can do these.  Pretty cool huh?

Total miles ran this week is 24.5.

4 Comments on Weekly Workouts, July 8-14, 2013

  1. Nice work this week!!!! I've been wanting to start some yoga. I think it can really complement running by loosening all the tight areas (like my hammies). Are you a member somewhere that offers it, or do you pay for each class individually?

  2. I go to Bikram Yoga River North. I bought a package of 10 classes for $100 and I can go whenever I want. Each class is $18 so a package is a good deal. There is also a package for $600 for unlimited yoga for one year.

  3. I'm excited to hear what you think of Run Less Run Faster! Another friend of mine tried it last year and said that the workouts were killer, but that she certainly did see fast results.I go very hot and cold with speedwork. There are days that I like it, but many other days that I don't enjoy it at at all (plus it often takes a long time for me to see results, which is probably both a cause and an effect of my motivational gaps). Right now I am of the mindset that any speedwork, even if done moderately, is better than no speedwork. So kudos to you for doing ANY speedwork! Same thing with yoga – ANY yoga is better than none, in my opinion. So good for you for doing it! I've never tried hot yoga but some other friends of mine swear by it. (They tell me that I would need to try it at least three times before I decide whether or not I like it, LOL).

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