In sticking with my New Year’s Resolution, I’ve been good about logging my workouts. When I went back to tally up my miles for the week, I realized things weren’t so bad.
Sunday: 6.32 mi run (50:00, 7:55/mi), 10mins elliptical
Tuesday: 4.61 mi run (35:37, 7:56/mi)
Wednesday: 4.5 mi run (36:30, 8:06/mi)
Thursday: 5.0 mi run (40:46, 8:09/mi)
Friday: 5.11 mi run (40:00, 7:50/mi)
Saturday: Gym treamill workout: 5.2 mi total (30 mins @ 7.0, 1% incline, then 10 mins alternating 30 secs @9.0 and 30 secs @6.7, 5 min cd @ 4.0), 20 mins elliptical
Weekly Total: 30.74 miles run, 30 min elliptical
While 30 miles/week is a pittance for some, that’s actually quite good for me!
I started each run at what felt like a slow and relaxed pace, which led me to naturally pick up speed as the runs progressed. Overall, my average paces ended up being pretty decent, even though I felt like I was taking it easy.
Thanks to the shorter runs, my legs remained fresh. Only one rest day for the week was sufficient.
More importantly, since my week day runs only lasted between 35-45 minutes, it left me with an extra 20-30 minutes to squeeze in extra chores. Folding a few loads of laundry or wiping down the bathrooms doesn’t sound like a lot, but when I let those chores pile up as the week goes on, it ends up being an entire night’s worth of work.
Usually, that’s why I take a second rest day each week. Just to stay on top of housework. It felt so good not having a mound of housework to deal with at the end of the week.
I'll enjoy these short runs while they last. Marathon training official starts in June. I was leaning towards the Hanson Plan, but I’m still surveying my options before I commit to a training program. Since I won’t be able to haphazardly load up on quantity this time around, I want to get the most quality out of my planned miles.
A little light reading arrived this week.
|Yes, I still read books printed on paper.|
If you've follwed a training plan and really liked it (or not), please tell me about it :)
Do you have any tricks for finding more time in your day? What would you do with an extra 20-30 minutes?