Another week of marathon training in the books, and another series of great runs, with a tired on thrown in. Here is my dailymile (minus whatever cross training I do later today).
And here are my workouts and paces.
I’ll probably get on the bike later and might do a Jillian Michaels DVD. That’ll be my cross training. For some reason this training cycle, I am so unexcited about cross training. If you read my blog January through July, you saw that I was a fitness class addict. I loved me some Les Mills, and I knew people in my class enough to talk with them weekly. When my gym got bought out and replaced Les Mills with their own classes, my interest plummeted.
I now just want to run as my workout. I know that’s a terrible plan and will lead to injury, so I’m trying to remind myself that cross training is just as important as running in this game. I ordered the Turbofire DVD and am considering ordering BodyPump. I hope that’ll give me something new that I enjoy like I used to love Les Mills classes. I do enjoy the group atmosphere, but it was the workouts that kept me coming back. Jillian is great, but she starts to annoy me after enough “don’t phone it in” comments.
What do you do for cross training that keeps you interested? Crossfit isn’t a financial option for me right now, because I wouldn’t be going enough to get my money’s worth.
For my shorter weekday runs this week (I can’t believe I just called a 7 mile run shorter…oh how perspective changes), they were awesome. The half marathon hangover just didn’t exist this time, and I was so pleased with the paces that I was able to maintain. That second 4 miler was mean to be a recovery type of run, and I had a goal in mind when I set out that was unrelated to running, so that helped me keep my mind occupied. I also ran without music. Both of those helped me zone out and just enjoy the run so much!
For the 15 miler, it was like my legs suddenly remembered they had run 14 miles at 9:02 the week before. My legs were tired! This is what 15 miles looks like. That little loop at the bottom was around a Super Target, Best Buy, Michael’s, and other stores shopping center! That should put this into some perspective. It was far!