Another great week of training in the books. Since we’re following a hard week/easy week plan, this was our first easy week. The core/strength workouts are starting to pay off, and I can feel how much stronger I am this week than last. Most importantly, I had my first official trail run–and loved it.
MON: Rest – Did nothing athletic. Zilch. Nada. And loved every minute of it.
TUE: Run – 4 mi/incl speedwork + core/strength workout, Yoga – 40:00 – Went 15 min early and got in a mile before the group’s 2 mile warm up so I wouldn’t have to run it alone at the end (and to beat the heat). I didn’t run the speedwork laps quite as fast as last week (8:04 as opposed to last week’s 7:57), mainly because I don’t want to get injured. Whereas last week I could barely do three pushups, this week I could do eight in a row. That’s still pretty puny, but it’s a start. I definitely felt stronger. Went home and did yoga: Forward Bends and Twists.
WED: Run – 4 mi easy, Yoga – 20:00 – Yoga (Back Bends) in the morning, then met the running group for the Run My Hood hosted by Ann Marie and Greg in their neighborhood at 7:00pm. The skies were dark when we left home, but it was mostly just hellaciously humid and hot. I was glad Bill, Hari, and I only ran an easy 4 miles. Mexican food and beer afterwards was the reward. Came home to a disaster zone one block from our house, with leaves covering the ground and broken car windshields and house roofs. The culprit: softball-sized hail. We were lucky to have missed that by a block!
THU: Run – 4 mi/hills, Yoga – 20:00 – Ran the hilly path at the lake by myself at 6:30am. Despite the heat and humidity, kept up a fairly good pace (9:08 average). Running hills is one of my favorite workouts. Came home and did yoga: Forward Bends.
FRI: Core/strength workout, Yoga – 20:00 – Running rest day. Did core and strength exercises from the Tom Holland Marathon Method book, then yoga: Hip Openers. I’m actually starting to look forward to crunches and planks. Sick.
SAT: Run – 4 mi – Run My Hood hosted by Hari in Allen. Only ran 4 easy miles, but it was very humid and warm and we walked some. Great breakfast afterwards with the group. Decided not to do yoga and rested instead.
SUN: Trail Run – 6 mi, Yoga – 20:00 – Our first trail run! Ran at Rockledge at Lake Grapevine at 7:00am, joined by Melissa, Julie, and Susan. Met three women in the parking lot also doing their first trail run, so we had a good group. It was nice and cool on the trail, but Bill tripped over a rock and fell at mile 1.7 and I tripped over a root and fell to my knees at mile 1.85. It was hard work, but fun. We were all exhausted and felt like we had run at least 10 miles instead of 6. I was nodding off on the couch before 9:00pm.
STATS for WEEK 2: Run – 22.3 miles, Yoga – 2:00:00, 2 core/strength workouts
NEXT WEEK: Another relatively easy week since Heather is out of town.