Week 1 – Kick started!
Day 1: Mental preparedness. I spent this day stretching and plotting my running schedule. If you don’t have a plan or a routine of when exactly you will run, you probably won’t. Planning is key!
Day 2: I ran 2.25 EZ miles and it felt pretty good. I wasn’t winded and my muscles were feeling good. My joints however, we’re feeling the ache. I stretched good and am drinking more water. Hopefully my joints will remember the running and get stronger soon.
Day 3: Weight training. Did a back/shoulder workout at lunch – bumped my lat pull downs to 105 and still cranking out 10-12 reps for 5 sets! Woot! I plan to continue weight training until the running starts needing my dedicated energy supply.
Day 4: 3 mile jog. I decided it was better to keep my pace low for now as my body adjusts, so I did this 3 miler as a jog pace instead of my race speed or faster. As a result, I ran out of time because I had a fundraiser to attend, so I only finished 2.5. Felt solid though, so I am so excited about this week’s long run!!
Day 5: Weight training. Normally I would have this day be an Active Recovery Day with a very light cardio to keep my legs moving but allow them to rest. Since tomorrow will be my first long run I want to give my legs and back a little more rest and opt for an arm+upperbody workout. My tailbone is still giving me grief from running this week….ugh… I’m going to be a very decrepit old lady.
Day 6: Long run. WHAT? It didn’t happen! Between the cold weather change AND my awesome cousins coming in town for the weekend I just never made it out there. I realize, though, that my half marathon is in JANUARY so that means I better get myself used to the cold pronto! Or else I am going to be MISERABLE. I need to slowly ween myself from the shredmill and out on to the pavement.