Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Even though I love running and training, an occasional break is important. In fact, I consider it a part of any successful training program! 

Eddie and I enjoyed being lazy last week!

Since the Rockford Half Marathon, I haven't run a single step. It's been great having time to do things that often get pushed to the side, such as happy hour, dinner with friends, hour-long bubble baths and staying up late and sleeping in. 

It was also a good time to shop for new racing flats!

It's just the type of break I needed to recharge and get ready for the next training cycle . . . that starts today. 

This cycle will last through October's Lakefront Marathon. My focus is upping weekly mileage another 5-10 miles to 50-60 mpw, increasing long run distance and doing weekly tempos, hill work and/or speedwork. 

I also plan on getting a better grip on my diet to slim down. Leaner body composition = better running efficiency, faster times and less stress on my joints. Plus, I plan on wearing these racing briefs at the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon in July! 

Gotta be fit to wear these in public!
Here's this week's plan:

Rest Day

6 mile easy pace run; 45 minutes strength training


Afternoon: 8 mile speed workout, including 3x1600m @5k pace

Morning: 4 mile easy pace run

Afternoon: Boot camp class

Afternoon: 4 mile easy pace run

Morning: 14-18 mile easy pace run

Rest Day

Total: 36-40 miles 

This is just the beginning. The next few weeks I'll add back miles until I reach my peak mileage from last cycle's training (50 mpw) and then slowly build to hit 60. 

What are you training for this summer?

- ST

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