Lately, I’ve gotten in the habit of doing my easy runs without my Garmin. I’ve noticed that, even though I’m cognitively aware that one is to run based on “feel” versus “pace”, I find it really challenging to run this way. No matter how fatigued I am, if I’m running a “10K pace”, then I run a VERY SPECIFIC pace per mile no matter what I’m feeling. Of course, this is not helpful, so to support myself, I now practice many days “sans Garmin” and I’m really liking it. I’m also focusing more and more on getting those Bulletproof exercises in 4-5 days per week. I know only too well that when I let this slide, my chances of injury increase immensely. So, with that said, here is last week’s training log:
Monday, May 29: Five easy miles with no Garmin. A lovely run with the dog. Bulletproof exercises. This week, these exercises consisted of:
- Curtsy Lunges (20 reps)
- Clockface abductor exercises (3 sets of 48 reps on each leg)
- Side planks (3 sets of 45 seconds on each side)
Tuesday, May 30: Fartleks. 1,2,3,3,2,1 (minutes) with one minute recovery in between each interval.
Wednesday, May 31: Easy 5 miles with the dog. No Garmin. Upper body workout and Bulletproof exercises.
Thursday, June 1: Stairs and hills combo workout. Total mileage: 5 miles. This was run in a warm rain and it was a killer workout, mostly because of the lack of rest between stairs and consecutive hills. Definitely a max HR workout where I felt the necessity of opening my mouth as much as possible to get the most oxygen in the body.
Friday, June 2: OFF
Saturday, June 3: Coach was using this workout as a race simulation. It was a combo workout of hills, mile repeats and track work. Total mileage was 7.5 miles. I really felt this workout because it started with hills and went into mile repeats. My legs and lungs were worked! THEN, I did the Bulletproof exercises!
Sunday, June 4: 3.5 mile easy run with the dog. No Garmin. Nice! Bulletproof exercises and upper body workout.
As a very cool side note, I outraced “Flap Jill”, the female running pancake, in the Eugene Marathon 5K this year, which means that I am the proud recipient of a year’s worth of pancake mix! I’m open to suggestions as to what to do with a year’s supply of Krusteaz. In all honesty, I think the pancake mix should go to the running pancakes. Can you even IMAGINE what it must be like to running in a pancake suit?