With this new training plan, I will be running four days in a row - Monday through Thursday.
At first I was afraid of running four days in a row. Since December I had been building from one day in a row, to two, to three and now to four. I wasn't sure how my body would handle it.
I came up with a plan at least for the first few weeks to get my body used to doing four workouts in a row.
Monday - morning run
Tuesday - morning run
Wednesday - morning or afternoon run
Thursday - afternoon run
By pushing the Wednesday and Thursday workouts to the afternoon I give myself a little bit more recovery time. That way my body can get used to the fourth tough workout and then enjoy my off day on Friday!
For this week I chose to run Wednesday afternoon on the treadmill. I used the treadmill to control my pace and force myself to run slower. I ran 2.5 miles at 9:00 pace and totally zoned out. I had planned to just run 2.25 miles but then I was watching TV and suddenly I was almost at 2.5 miles.
Thursday afternoon I headed to the gym again for another tempo workout.
1 mi Warm up
3x1000m at tempo pace with 4 min recovery
800m Cool down
It was hard to judge what my tempo pace for 1000m repeats should be on the treadmill. I feel like my paces are so much slower on the treadmill than on the track outside. I ended up running all the repeat at 7:19 pace and then the strides at the same pace. Strides are tough to do the treadmill.
Workout done - totally sweat in the eyes kind of workout! I had a hard time taking this photo in the bathroom since it was 5:30pm and the gym was PACKED! Thankfully no one walked in on me taking pictures of myself in the mirror!
How many days do you run in a row? How do you make sure you run your recovery runs slow?
Happy "practically" Friday!!