Hello there! Base training has been going well. I like this kind of training. There is no race looming over my head. Just putting in time and miles for later use. Right now, we’ve found a good balance of 5 days a week for running and on the other two days I am either walking 40-60 minutes or resting. I also noticed that taking stair climbing breaks 3-5 times a day at work has helped improve my strength. My tempo paces feel a bit easier than the last training cycle. I haven’t done much speedwork or long runs so my guess is it’s the stairs and strength training.
Monday: 50 minutes slow on the treadmill.
Tuesday: 54 minute walk on the mill.
Wednesday: 50 minutes with 5 x 5 minutes at 7:50 pace down to 7:43 pace and strength training. When I told my coach that the workout felt effortless, he delivered the news that it was probably too easy of a workout. Next week will be a lot faster. Uh oh.
Thursday: 50 minutes easy outdoors with James.
Friday: 42 minute leisurely stroll.
Saturday: 40 minutes with 20 minute tempo at 7:48 pace and strength training. This was my fastest tempo (although short) in a long time. Initially coach had me at 8:10 pace but seeing how Wednesday went, I started quicker from the start and was committed. I had to manage a side stitch but other than that, it was fine. In fact, managing the side stitch was good practice in pain management.
Sunday: 75 minutes around 9:30 pace. The second half of the run was a bit quicker, in the low 9s. I was a chicken and opted for the treadmill but did incorporate some inclines in there. I am looking forward to getting my long run back up into the double digits. That will tie a ribbon around all of this base training.
Total: 4 hours, 25 minutes running; 1 hour, 36 minutes walking