Week three is in the books. Awesome! This was a great training week for me. I got new shoes, a new watch, and had awesome runs. I'm excited to share it with you and I'm excited to continue on this journey!
As a reminder, I’m basing my training off of Life In Leggings training plan but I have mixed some things up a bit to fit my own needs!
Sunday was 8 miles. I love long runs the best so I was pretty excited about it. I set out and got it done. It was quite the roller coaster. I started off with a huge hill about 1 mile in that was pretty tough but really great to accomplish at the same time! I encountered two more tough hills near the end of the run as well. The hills slowed my time down quite a bit but I'm totally okay with it because I know that running hills is so beneficial to me overall!
The 4 middle miles were pretty awesome and effortless. I run on backroads through the woods and the leaves are on the trees finally so that gave me a ton of shade that was greatly appreciated. The last 2 miles were a struggle. I didn't get up early enough and by the time I was finished with the run it was about 85 degrees!! I definitely worked up a sweat and was grateful for ice water after I was finished.
Distance: 8 miles Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Rest day!! Woo. I really wasn't feeling the need for a rest day today and I was going to just listen to the training schedule and chill out for the day. My mom asked me to go for a bike ride though so we went an easy 5 miles. Then I went for a walk with the dogs, did this yoga video, and jumped on the trampoline for a while with my sister. We've had a trampoline for years and it is still one of my favorite things to do!
Nothing was really high intensity today and that's all that I was concerned with. My body feels good and I feel energized so that's what matters!
Tuesday This was an early one! I had a pretty busy day planned for Tuesday and I knew that I needed to get my run in before I did anything else. It was a really nice morning and I ran as the sun came up. I felt really motivated (and pressured) to get it done in a short period of time to make it to an appointment that I had at 6:45 that morning. I did it and it was great!
Distance: 3 miles Time: 30 minutes
Today was a cross training day! I wanted to go biking but it was way too cold for that. Well I probably could have did it, but I decided to do a workout at home instead. I did this video from FitnessBlender. I love their workouts and I really think that it was a better choice than biking anyways!
I finished it off with yoga. I definitely enjoy practicing outside much better than inside but I'll take what I can get!
Everyday I do yoga, but usually it's my own practice which is why I don't share much about it. But I can if that would be beneficial to some of you!
Six miles to tackle! I had to do this run after work which is my least favorite. I prefer to get up and get things done. But that can't always happen and I was determined to get this run in because I bought new running shoes and I wanted to try them out. I got the Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2 shoes which I plan to review later on next week after I have spent some time (and miles) in them. I did my first two miles with them and then stopped back home to get my old shoes and finish the remaining four. I was actually very pleased with this run and had fun! I just need to work on breaking in those new shoes.
Distance: 6 miles Time: 65 minutes
Today I received a Garmin watch and had 3 miles to do. This watch is a game changer. I am so excited to continue training with it and can really see myself improving so much more while using it. I ran this in my new shoes and it was the best run of the week. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought that I would. I don't know if my new gear made me excited or what it was but I loved every step.
I can finally share my pace now too. Yay!!
Distance: 3 miles Pace: 9:25/mile Time: 28 minutes
This was supposed to be a rest day but I got an invite to bike with my friend. I rarely turn down any fitness related offers so of course I said yes. We did 15 easy miles and had a great time. I took it easy and didn't push so I'll just call it an active rest day! And afterwards yoga, of course!
I am feeling so awesome after this weeks training. I feel as if I'm gaining stamina and continuously becoming more inspired after completing each day. My body is feeling great for the most part. I have some issues wit my leg still but it's nothing that hinders my training. Very thankful for that! I'm extremely proud of myself for getting in each day of training. It required some early mornings and later evenings but I made it happen and that's what matters!
I am also excited to complete this upcoming week with my new shoes and watch. I am interested to see how they affect my runs, if they do at all. I am grateful to have both of them and I think that using them this week will help me to stay motivated and excited which is so important for me to do well.