The Dopey Challenge is less than 3 months away, and the Philadelphia Marathon (which I threw in as a “training run” – yea… I’m crazy) is just under 5 weeks away. Eek!! I’ve been loving my 3-runs-a-week plan, but at the same time, it’s making me feel like I’m not getting in enough running. I know that I am, though. I’m slowly upping mileage and ran 17 this past weekend (and felt great afterwards!), but the lack of 8-10 milers before work each morning like my last marathon training plan is kinda weird. I love it, but it’s weird. I feel like I’m being lax with my training, but I’m not. I’ve actually barely missed any runs. It’s kinda bizarre, but let’s take a look at how training has been since my last update.
Miles Logged: 128.5 (252 since training started in July)
# of Cross Training Days Completed: 11
Cross Training Days Missed: 10
Runs Missed: 3
Longest Training Run to Date: 17 miles
What I’m Loving: Even though it feels weird, I still love the alternating long run weeks. Since I did 17 last weekend, my “long” run this coming weekend is only 6 miles. Then I up it to 20. I definitely don’t feel like I’m burning out.
What I’m Not Loving: How many cross training days I’ve missed. I caught a stomach bug at one point and suffered from the DOMS two weeks in a row, forcing me to skip some days. Then I was on vacation. But NOW! Now my CrossFit box is back in business and I’m determined to get in the cross training I know I need to supplement my running. I also need to be smarter. I did an intense HIIT workout the day after a 15-miler. Needless to say that was a bad idea. I’m now taking rest days after legit long runs and ensuring I don’t go crazy with new exercises or go too heavy at CrossFit. I want to push myself but not to the point of inactivity.
What I’ve Been Listening To: I’m still loving my podcasts, but I think I’m going to try an audio book for the 20-miler I have coming up. I’m thinking about Jenny Lawson’s new book, Furiously Happy. She’s outrageously hysterical, so I think that will keep me entertained. People might think I’m a nut bag when I laugh out loud whilst downing energy chews, but… whatevs!
Favorite Route: Last Sunday, I explored a lot of Brooklyn along the water. I can’t get enough of the Manhattan skyline and all of the gorgeous bridges!
How is your training going?
Ever listened to an audio book while running?
This post is linked up with Tuesdays On The Run.