I purposefully made this an extra long training cycle. I wanted to ease into long runs to help prevent injury, and so far, I’m very happy with my choice. I’m also very happy with the decision to only run 3 days a week. My legs continue to feel refreshed and ready for each run, and I haven’t hit any boredom walls.
Let’s take a look at the stats, shall we?
Miles Logged: 123.5 (57.75 in July + 65.75 in August) – as you can see, slowly but steadily increasing the miles
# of Cross Training Days (mostly strength training): 18
Runs Missed: 2
Cross Training Days Missed: 6
Longest Training Run to Date: 11 miles
What I’m Loving: Only running 3 days a week means fresh legs and more time for strength training. I also love that the plan I created rotates long run weeks with short run weeks. My long run last week was 11 miles. This week my “long run” is only 3 miles. Next week I bump it up to 13. This helps me stay focused and look forward to long run weeks. It means an adventure and a chance to explore new running routes!
What I’m Not Loving: The heat! I’m ready for Fall temps so that I don’t have to wake up before dawn to squeeze in a run before the heat becomes unbearable.
What I’ve Been Listening To: When I run on the treadmill, I tune into the Today Show. When I run outside, I’ve been loving podcasts like Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me and a new one called Mystery Show.
Favorite Route: Last week I ran over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan and made my way around Battery Park. It was so beautiful and perfect for a long run.
So pretty much, so far so good! I need to get better about not skipping my cross training days. I’ve missed almost one a week. Sometimes its because I feel like my body needs an extra rest day, but others it’s just because I’m lazy and like my pillow.
Also, have you entered the NeoCell GIVEAWAY yet? Get on that. That stuff is my jam.
Ok, have a great Tuesday!
What are you currently training for?
What sort of training plan are you following?
This post is linked up with Tuesdays on the Run.