This is how Eddie and I spent much of the past few weeks
Anyhow, the next round of training for me started last week with a few easy pace runs and three strength training sessions. The running part was about as good as I could expect after taking two weeks off. Strength training was another story. I did 45 minutes each of lower body, upper body and core and each session left me pretty sore. I also realized I'm not as strong as I was six months ago - these days lifting the 10 pound dumbbells is tough!
During the second half of my training for Lakefront, I slacked on strength training to squeeze in extra miles. This was not smart. I strongly (ha!) believe weaker muscles is what led to my hamstring injury and possibly even all the side stitches I experienced during summer and fall racing. Needless to say, I won't skimp on strength training again!
This week, I'm again doing low mileage coupled with strength training. In the next few weeks I hope to increase mileage for now 25-30 mpw will have to do!
Monday: 4 miles @ easy pace; 45 minutes strength training
Tuesday: 8 miles @ easy pace
Wednesday: 4 miles @ easy pace; 45 minutes strength training
Thursday: 3 mile fun run with PRO Shorewood
Friday: 6 miles @ easy pace
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Striders Turkey Trot Prediction 2 mile Race
To help me stay motivated during the next few months, I recently purchased an Erica Sara Designs Say It Do It bracelet.
The bracelet is designed to be worn as a daily reminder of your goal(s) and should only be removed when you achieve them. More on goals to come in a future post, but for the time being, I can tell you that my bracelet is engraved with the mantra I use most, pay the price.
That's everything new on the running front! How has your training been going these past few weeks? Have you set any winter workout goals for yourself?
Tell me everything and anything :)