Ever have a week where you are just going through the motions? Well, that was what happened with my training this week. Summer has arrived in Southern California. The days have been hot and humid and the night’s cool. This would be perfect, in fact the very reason I moved to LA; problem is my training was off this week. The reason it was off? I didn’t put complete effort into each of my runs. My speed and tempo were good but short, and my long run bombed. Yes, it was hot and I was unusually tired this week, but those are excuses. I know better. I have trained in heat and high humidity for many years. I said I when I started this blog, I would be honest. So, I’m not going to sugar coat it and tell you it was awesome.
Here is how the week went down:
But it wasn’t all disappointment this week. Sunday I had planned a meet up with some fellow Oiselle Volée runners. We took a Standup Paddle Board class and it was a blast. The class took place in Marina del Ray where the instructor took us on a paddling tour of the marina. The class was a great workout, we even incorporated some squats, v-ups and surfboard style paddling to get our heart rate pumping in the session. It was a relaxing way to connect with others, and soak up some sun. I absolutely love exploring the LA fitness options, and doing it with new friends makes it even better. Best of all, we made it through an hour of paddling, and working out without falling in.
Random thoughts from this week:
This week was a good wake up call, I must get back in “training mode” vs “running mode”. It’s time to commit to being prepared and pushing myself to meet my goals, not just run the distance to check off my training plan. I must make each workout count as step toward my goal.
Where do I go from here? It’s all about getting back to the basics. I will set intentions and commit to meeting them. I am 3 months out from race day. It’s time to elevate and get my rear in gear.
Here are my workout intentions for this month:
--Elevate my strength training, by incorporating heavier weights and longer workouts.
--Hydrating before workouts. I need to focus on taking in electrolytes and fuel prior to my runs, so that I don’t bonk early, especially with the summer temps.
--Setting pace goals for my speed workouts. My training plan calls for timed runs for speed but I need to run my speed sessions hitting interval pace times closer to 7:30 min per mile.
--Rest days before long runs. If I am going to hit the double digit training miles, I need fresh legs which means I need to take a rest day prior to my long run.
--Stretching session every day. I am not sure if it is age, or just hitting more mileage, but my legs are so tight and heavy unless I take lots of time to stretch. I must spend time every night giving my body love, especially if I am going to prevent injury.
Check back next week to see how I am Running Fierce and Living Fit.