Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A New Rhythm

Have you ever been singing a song, and then you get in the car and that exact same song is playing on the radio? Happened to me today. Totally freaked me out. I was glad the girls were in the car with me for proof that I wasn't making it up, ha!

Anyways.

I decided it was time to sit down and draft a calendar for my workouts since things have been so
discombobulated lately on that front. I mean, this Monday I scheduled myself to run AND see my trainer, which wasn't as bad as it sounds, but certainly isn't ideal for me. Now that I am pushing 4+ miles for my runs I can start doing "long runs" (and yes, I know calling a run over 4 miles long is kinda laughable). Starting next week I will do runs of different lengths during the week with my longest run on Sunday, instead of running the same distance each day of the week.

Since I can't run two days in a row and have been absolutely loving my strength sessions with my trainer it is working out to do three running days and two strength training days per week  with two rest days. I *think* this might be the magic schedule for me.

Sunday- long run
Monday- strength
Tuesday- rest
Wednesday- run (w/ some strength)
Thursday- strength
Friday- run
Saturday- rest

Kind of perfect, no? Since I am running three days a week I am sloooowly starting to consider a "Run Less, Run Faster" type plan for those three runs to give them "purpose". I say"purpose" because right now my sole purpose is just to run injury free, but I know that it will get boring to keep doing the same slow runs in the 9:30-10:30 pace every time. I won't be running too fast or too hard, but I should be able to throw a little speed work in there once a week. Turns out running after a tough day of strength training makes for lead-filled legs!

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