GCM16 Training: Week Eight

It’s Week 8. This means we are half-way to Race Day! This week was also a challenging week because I was out-of-town for work. I was running in an unfamiliar town on country roads, which meant often running without music (not that I’m complaining–I really enjoyed it actually). Also I had little to know control of my schedule, so I had to do a complete reorganization of my training plan to fit it all in this week. Lastly, there was the weather. Monday’s run was a light steady rain, Wednesday’s run was supposed to be dry, but the first mile was a hard down pour followed by some pleasant strong winds. Friday’s run was Sunny and Warm, but Saturday’s was below freezing; this week was a little bit of everything!

Monday: Training Plan 4 Miles Easy

  • Actual – 7.0 Mile Run Outside in the PM.
    • I had to move today’s run to the evening. I rocked out an average of sub-9:00 minute pace. While I’m thrilled at this speed, I know that I need to embrace my easy days.
  • Completed “Booty N Thangs” from SoHo Yoga on Youtube.
  • Foam Rolled. ProCompression Socks.

Tuesday: Training Plan 2 x 2000m + 3 minute Active Rest

  • Actual – Rest Day!
    • I really didn’t need a rest day (Hello, Travel Day on Sunday and an Easy Run on Monday). But today was one of my longer days (leaving before sunrise and returning after sunset), so I elected to take a rest day.
  • Foam Rolled. Yoga Home Practice. ProCompression Socks.

Wednesday: Training Plan 3 Miles Easy

  • Actual – 7.0 Mile Run Outside in the AM [2 Mile Warm-up, 2 x 2000m + 3 minute Active Rest, 2 Mile Cool-down].
    • I loved this run. Seriously heavy downpour with some fun uphills, and I’m smiling. I think it’s the gratitude wave that has completely transformed my attitude. My 2Ks weren’t as strong as they needed to be, but I embraced the changing speed and trying to feel the pace by my legs instead of my mind.
  • Foam Rolled. Yoga Home Practice. ProCompression Socks.

Thursday: Training Plan 7 Miles [Miles 3-6 at MP]

  • Actual – 6.50 Mile Run in the AM.
    • This was an Easy Run. Uneventful for the most part. I did start exploring more of the area though.
  • Foam Rolled. Yoga Home Practice. ProCompression Socks.

Friday: Training Plan Rest Day!

  • Actual – 16.0 Mile Run in the PM.
    • I intentionally planned to take this long run slow. It’s Cut Back Week so the focus is on Recovery. With the nice rolling hills, it was easy to take this run easy. I refueled with ProBar Bolt (Berry Blast) and water at Miles 5 and 10.
  • Foam Rolled. Yoga Home Practice. ProCompression Socks.

Saturday: Training Plan 16 Miles Easy

  • Actual – 7.0 Mile Run [Miles 3-6 at MP] in the AM.
    • It was the Coldest run of the week, which made hitting my mile splits challenging. But I like a challenge.
  • Foam Rolled. Yoga Home Practice. ProCompression Socks.

Sunday: Rest Day! I enjoyed a 75 minute Yoga class at Yogaja Yoga.

  • Foam Rolled.

Total Weekly Mileage: 43.6 Miles.

You can view all of my weekly workout recaps here.

Question: How to do you maintain your training while traveling?
Tell me in the comments!

 

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