Butler 5 Miler Training : Back at It
This week I got back to training, and I could not be more excited. I talked about how much I enjoyed training this entire year to get ready for the Gettysburg Marathon, so I was really looking forward to jumping right back in. I'm going to be focusing on shorter distances for a while, and trying to get some speed back in my legs! I'll share more about my plan and what races I'll be doing later this week, but here's a look at what my week of training looked like.
No running, but lots of yard work! Sometimes I think that's just as much of a workout as actually going to the gym or out for a run...
3 miles / 9:39 pace
First run of my new training cycle! Just an easy 3 miles before work. I felt a little sore from the yard work but otherwise felt great.
Another day of no running, but I did an arm workout. I'll be sharing the routine that I came up with (along with my entire training plan!) later this week. It was definitely more challenging than I expected, which is probably because I haven't lifted weights in a long time. Definitely need to get my strength back.
Thursday5 miles / 9:37 pace
It was pouring rain when I went to work in the morning, so I ended up doing my easy run inside on the treadmill. I watched some highlights from the Pens game 7 win and also watched some Parenthood. The run was great and went by really quickly! The gym was also completely empty, which meant that I could pick any treadmill that I wanted :)
After work, Dan and I took Selma to the park for a walk and some time in the off-leash dog park. There were only a few dogs there, but they all followed Selma around which cracked me up. Doesn't she look like the leader of the pack? Starting next week, I'll be adding a leg day workout to this rest day, but I'm easing back into it and really didn't feel like lifting again.
4 miles / 8:36 pace
First speed workout of my training, and first one in quite a while! Speed work is always my favorite kind of workout, because I love to push myself and the feeling that comes after a hard workout is over. Each week my plan has a pace run, where I run a few miles at my 5 miler race pace goal. I ran a mile to warm up, then 2 miles at 7:45 pace, with a mile cool down. The pace felt great but a bit challenging, which is exactly what I would expect for a first workout!
7 miles / 9:16 pace
I also ended the week with a little yoga session. I'm trying to keep incorporating this in my training. I really think it helps me avoid injuries (except when I mess up my chaturanga...) so I want to add it at least once a week!
What race are you training for?
Anyone else taking a break from distance?
Who likes speed work!?
linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs , Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin , Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC and Steff from Run Steff Run!