Week 1 of training for the Brewers Mini-Marathon went great! Let’s break it down…
Monday – What was supposed to be an easy 3 miler turned into a 3.25 mile fartlek. At an overall pace of 7:53, I was extremely
surprised pleased. A solid start to any training plan.
Tuesday – Speed work. Using DM, I mapped out a 0.25 mile stretch along the Gers River (tough life, I know). My workout called for 5 x 400m, so I ran a 1.1 miles for a warm-up, then a speedy 400 (.25 miles) and then recovery jog back to the starting point. My goal was to run these at 1:55 (7:40 5K pace) and what actually happened was…
I just went for it which is probably poor interval form, but it felt great to just go fast. After the speed workout was done, I ran a 1 mile cool down back to our apartment for a grand total of 4.6 miles.
Wednesday – I did a 20 minute yoga workout on an iPhone app and hated it. I felt stiff and the verbal instructions were poor. There wasn’t enough time to breathe into the poses. App rating? C-.
Thursday – What was supposed to be another easy 3 miler turned into a 3.7 mile “oh no, I got lost” run. I decided to explore the trail in the other direction which loops around the municipal swimming pool and large rugby stadium. Three wrong turns later and I finally found my way back to the trail (also looking at a map on a street corner helped). I felt like I wasn’t putting in a ton of effort but ended up running at a 8:22 pace. I am totally attributing this to the speed work. 🙂
Friday – Rest day. C and I check out the cathedral in town. It is HUGE. And so ornate. It celebrated it’s 500th anniversary in 1990. Wow. I really do love European churches and cathedrals.
Saturday – Long run. To ease back into a training plan, I ran 6.31 miles at 8:25 pace. I ran the first half with C (he started his marathon plan) and he turned around and ran home halfway through. He’s much better at setting an easy pace than I am, so I ended up running a negative split for this run.
Sunday – C and I went on a 2.23 mile walk together. It was really nice. And a bit toasty. Stretched when we got home and called it a day.
Looking back on this week, my cross training was rather pitiful. I feel as if I took advantage of those days, but it will be different this week!
Monday – Easy 3 miles.
Tuesday – Tempo run for 30 minutes.
Wednesday – Cross Training. Am planning a jogging a bit to warm-up and then doing some stair work.
Thursday – Easy 3 miles.
Friday – Rest. I believe our plan is to go to the pool. 🙂
Saturday – 8 mile long run.
Sunday (not pictured) – Cross train. I am planning on busting out the Pinterest workouts for this one.
How was your training this past week?
What is your favorite type of cross-training?
How do you do a proper tempo run?
Link up with Jen and I and let us know!