I’ve been cheating on running.
It’s true. While I was off cavorting with swimming and cycling, running was just sitting at home, watching re-runs of The Bachelor and hacking into my Facebook account.
But then I came clean…
I came clean to my coach and confessed that I miss running and he happily obliged to edit my training schedule accordingly. Thus, enter my shiny new training plan, with more running and some core work. Here’s a look at week nine:
Monday, 1/30: Swim (a.m.) / Run (p.m.)
This worst swim ever. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
Thankfully, that night’s run was the first Fartlek run of my training and gave my depressed self a good kick in the pants. Plus, I’ve scheduled a very important and reoccurring reminder set to the Indiana Jones theme song:
Tuesday, 1/31: Run & Core
Tuesday was the first aerobic efficiency run marker. During this test, I timed exactly how long it would take me to run 1.5 miles while maintaining a specific heart rate. I then completed the workout for a total of 5.7 miles. We’ll repeat this test every four to six weeks to monitor progress. Oh, and then I assaulted my core with the updated workouts from the Nike Training Club app. I swear I was sore until Friday.
Wednesday, 2/1: Swim (a.m.) / Cycle (p.m.)
Remember that horrible swim from Monday? Good! Neither do I. That’s because with Wednesday’s 1,700 yards I was starting to feel my normal self again.
Round two of the day was filled with…you guessed it…trashy TV. This time, the Bachelor. P.S. Where do they find these women?! Wait, did I expect decent people on reality TV? Silly me.
Thursday, 2/3: Rest
I literally can’t even remember what I did with my day off. Sad.
Friday, 2/4: Run Long
Fridays are technically my long run days and as training progresses, so will the length of Friday’s runs. Eight treadmill miles of “rolling hills.” I’m telling you, you can do anything on a treadmill.
Saturday. 2/5: Cycle Long
The perfect day. I’m still swooning over it.
The view from the top of the ride.
Sunday, 2/6: Rest
I think there was a big game on this day and while I was pretending to watch it, I was really creeping your blogs and Instagram.
I closed out the week nine with:
8 hours and 46 minutes of training:
3,700 yards swimming
50 miles cycling
21.4 miles running
30 minutes core strengthening
How do you rekindle your love affair with running after time away?