My third week of training featured 5 running days and 2 off/cross-training days. I ended up increasing my mileage by more than 10% despite my best efforts. I hope it doesn’t bite me later!
Sunday: off/cross-train. After Easter brunch with the family, I attended a Body Pump class. It’s a barbell workout cued to music that focuses on one muscle group at a time.
Monday: easy 3.45 mile run. My legs were sore from Body Pump and I took it very slow, but it was still hard.
Tuesday: intervals! 5×800 at 10K pace with 2:00 rests in between. 3.41 miles total but only 2.5 of them were running. I walked each of the rest intervals because I don’t want to inflate my weekly mileage. Like last week’s track workout, I ran the intervals waaaaay too fast!
Wednesday: off/cross-train: November Project again! This time I finished an ACTUAL full tour and then some! The snow is gone from the stadium!
Thursday: I did 3.28 easy miles and it was AWFUL. It was cold, drizzly, and so windy. The only positive was it was my first run using my new toy!
I finally invested in a GPS watch! I opted for the Polar M400. So far I’m still figuring out how to use it but I will let you know what I think about it.
Friday: 40 min. tempo run. 4.99 miles total. I started this workout and then managed to turn my new watch off after a few minutes. I had to start over. I’m a total running technology novice!
I also attended another Melt Method Self Massage class, which I think will be beneficial. If nothing else I’ll learn some foam rolling tricks I can do on my own.
Saturday: third group training run! We ran for 50 minutes at a park in Brockton. It was lovely! I ended up doing 4.72 miles while chatting about people’s new jobs and fundraising.
We then went out to breakfast, which was nice. I want to get to know my team better!
Total mileage for week 3 – 18.96 miles. This is WAY over a 10% increase (about 35%), but that is because it had 5 running days, not 4. My legs feel okay today so hopefully I am in the clear.
This week I am going to try to attend more ClassPass classes to supplement my running. As my mileage increases I’ll probably have to cut back on classes so I want to get as many in while I can!