I hit five days of running this week and continued to feel less awkward and achy, except for some intense DOMS after incorporating squats into my weekly routine again. Although I will be the first to admit that I love the feeling of delayed onset muscle soreness. To me, it’s like the body reminding you that you are alive, a saying hello of sorts. Overall, the week was a good one.
Monday: 35 minutes steady run with James and Chris. I felt light and bouncy while running which was surprising because I felt the exact opposite before the run.
Tuesday: Off but did do some walking at the track while James did his workout.
Wednesday: 40 minutes easy on the towpath as fall really sets in. I then did a squat and lunge routine after the run.
Thursday: 35 minutes easy and SORE but the good kind. I also discussed training for time and by feel with my coach. We agreed that for right now, this is the best method of training for me. It keeps me from judging myself and getting wrapped up in running a certain pace. Occassionally we will do time trials, races, and certain workouts to get an idea of my fitness but the majority of training will be tracked and completed by measuring time and not miles.
Friday: 40 minutes with fartlek workout (10 min warm up, strides, 10 min @ half marathon feel, 10 min @ 10/5k feel, 10 cool down). I ran this on the towpath for the soft surface and focused on being an observer of the various feelings that occurred on the run (i.e. discomfort, legs strong and light) rather than trying to eradicate the discomfort or try to keep the pleasure. I am learning this from my meditation practice, which I never expected would carry over. As a result, there will be a future post about this connection.
Saturday: 53 minute bike ride and also watched part of the Akron Marathon in the morning.
Sunday: 55 minute long run. The length of time continues to increase. Afterward, James and I saw a glimpse of the lunar eclipse while doing some push ups and dips.
Total: 3 hours, 25 minutes of running