Ok, so blogging is really a lot harder than you’d think. I set a goal of trying to blog at least 2 – 3 times a week. One about training, one about paleo food and cooking, and then maybe some Roxy pics or something else interesting. This last week…nada. I have some great pics of food I cooked, how I prep meals for the week and I even made up a new recipe. But would you all know about it? No. I’ve got a great blog going in my head, but getting it online is a whole other story. This week, sleep won out.
I’m trying to not be too hard on myself for being a blogger loser last week. I can always do better this week. Especially since there isn’t a mileage increase (YIPPEEEE!!)
Anyways, back to Week 3. There was a 6 mile increase and 5 days of running, so I took the advice I gave myself last week and worried less about my pace. The point of these first few weeks is not speed, it’s about building mileage. So I just need to relax and get my runs in at a reasonable easy run pace.
Week 3 Runs: 21 miles planned – 21.06 miles logged.
Monday and Thursday were both treadmill runs. Treadmill runs suck. I’m sorry, but they do. Running in place, going nowhere, feeling like you’re spinning on a wheel…now I understand why hamsters don’t ever look happy. However, Monday I was running before my training workout and Thursday it was raining. I don’t run in the rain. Period. I’ve run races in rain, wind and sleet. I know I can do it, so why do it if I don’t have to?
All runs this week went up at least a mile and I definitely felt it, although ironically, my fastest run this week was Sunday (10 min mile pace.) I will say that it’s nice to run without worrying about time or pace. I also ran 3 out of my 5 runs with friends this week, which takes my focus off the fact it’s training and makes it a little more fun. Although I’m not going to lie, I would also be very happy to catch up with my running friends over a mimosa or glass of wine. That’s fun, too. We should combine that with the runs (hint hint.)
Week 3 Workouts: Two workouts with my trainer this week. They were shorter workouts, but that doesn’t mean they were any easier. When we do a half hour, he kicks up the intensity. However, the cross-training is definitely key right now. Running with the right form is all about making sure I’m keeping strong all over. My core, my arms and back – it’s not just all about the legs and glutes. At some point, I’m going to very likely have to scale back on some of my cross-training, so it’s good to push myself and build my strength now so I can go into “maintenance mode” when I need to.
Week 3 Diet: The 21 Day Sugar Detox is over! I’m always glad when I do the detox, but I’m always happy to see it come to an end. While I agree that eliminating sugars has it’s positives, it’s very limiting in terms of recipes. A lot of them have minimal natural sugars. However, it served it purpose. Physically, I feel better and stronger than I have in a long time and I’ve definitely gotten my paleo and clean eating groove book. I’m looking forward to some indulging since it’s my birthday this week – but all in moderation and then I plan to return to the straight and narrow for the remainder of training. I do plan to blog a little more about my meals and cooking going forward, as I do believe my eating and diet plays a big part in my training.
Week 3 Hydration: All I do is pee. But my skin looks fabulous and my runs are strong, so it must be working. I’ll need to see if 101 ounces is enough or if I need to up it with my mileage.
Another week down – and only a few more to do until speed work starts. I’m not going to lie, I’m scared like a bunny. I’ve never done speed work before, and it looks really friggin’ hard. But that 4:18 marathon ain’t going to run itself. Have a great week and I’ll leave you with this.