02 May, 2011

Chugging Along...

Realized I'm two weeks behind in reporting my training!  Probably because there really isn't a whole lot to report that's exciting.

Monday 4/18:  Upper body workout, no running

Tuesday 4/19:  Jumped on the treadmill and ran at a 10:30 pace and felt pretty good.  For some reason I'm ALWAYS slower on the treadmill.  I think my running position is different than running outside.  Was going to do legs after my run but just wasn't feeling it.

Friday 4/22:  Horseback riding today and had a great lesson!  I might have mentioned it before but I had a few nasty falls in college that ended up with broken bones so for the past few years, I've been petrified of jumping.  Little by little though I've been getting back into it and my trainer and I have started from the beginning again.  Glad to report that had a great jumping lesson and didn't have any mental breakdowns.  Yay! 

Sunday 4/24:  Took me awhile to get motivated and get out there.  Wanted to get 8 in but ended up only doing 3.  Just wasn't feeling it.  It was soooo muggy out!

Monday 4/25:  Got through two sets of legs & abs and felt good.  Nothing really fun to report. :)

Tuesday 4/26:   Officially started the Runners World SmartCoach training plan.  It called for an easy 3 miles at a 10:47 pace.   It was still 85 degrees at 5:30pm when I decided to go for my run. Hot & muggy yet again so just took my time and got through it in a 10:14 pace. 

Thursday 4/28:  SmartCoach called for a Tempo Run today.  1 mile easy warmup, 3 miles at a 9:11 pace, and a 1 mile cool down.  This was harder than I thought it would be!  9:11 pace is pushing it but I know I've done faster in 5k's so didn't think much of it.  But, let me tell you... trying to keep a consistent pace was TOUGH! After an easy warm up at about 11:00 pace, I took a quick walk break and then got to it.  First mile I was ALL over the place... 8:30..9:30..ended up with a 9:14.  Second mile I was able to keep it right at 9:11.  Third mile though I could feel myself starting to drag.  Also got a side stitch that just would NOT go away.  Ended up with a 9:18 pace so I'm still happy.  Mile cool down felt great to just sloooooow down a lot and chug along back to the car.

Friday 4/29:  Another good horseback riding lesson.  Rode a new horse that the barn just got so no jumping but def a great workout.  

Saturday 4/30:  Moved up my long run to today since I have a wedding tonight. SmartCoach Plan called for an easy 8 miles at around a 10:47 pace. Planned to run though with my friend who's trying to BQ in two weeks so to say this was 'easy' isn't really right. :) Kept up a good 9:30 pace the whole run. Just felt like I was completely holding him back but he kept reassuring me that he needed an easy run during his taper. Beautiful day for it too!

So not as much gym time as I had hoped but got in all my runs this past week.  Hopefully this week coming up turns out well! :)


  1. This is pretty solid in my eyes. :-) SmartCoach tempo runs were difficult for me too. What I did that helped me tremendously, at least it used to help before I threw this entire training thing off the window, was to have a couple of tempo runs on the treadmill so that my legs would get accustomed to the pace and turnover. It was then much easier to replicate that on the road.

  2. Seems like a pretty solid week to me! :)

  3. Looks solid. I've used the Runner's World Smart Coach a few times and if you can stick with it you'll definitely see results!

  4. Saw your post on Running With the Mouse! Looking forward to reading more. Didn't even realize it was you until I clicked on the blog link, and tada! I already follow you! :o)

  5. All this horseback riding sounds like so much fun!

  6. @melie...thats a great idea about getting the legs accustomed to the pace on the treadmill. I think I'll have to try it! :)


    @Amanda... yeah, I just have to stick with it. :( I've since fallen off the training wagon and need to get back into it!

    @Jenny...thanks! :)

    @FF... it is!! You should totally try it! :)