Well, this week I didn’t really stick to the plan but that’s okay. I felt like I needed a little bit easier week and more sleep. Even though I have a specific plan, it’s not set in stone and I’m not particularly attached to it. Part of the purpose of a plan is to act as a road map to get you to your destination. I know where I’m going, have a plan to get there, but sometimes take a short detour. I really do consider my plan to be just a guide, not something to obsess over. Four days this week ended up being different than planned but I still had a great week. Like this picture shows, it’s a lifestyle, not a finish line.
So here’s what I had planned:
Sunday: Rest (or bike)
Monday: 3 miles, bike, power yoga
Tuesday: 6 miles at marathon pace
Wednesday: Bike, yoga, Insanity
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: 6 miles, bike
Saturday: 18 miles
Total: 39 miles running, bike 3-4 days, 3 classes at gym
And here’s what I did:
Sunday: After yesterday’s 20 miler, I opted for a rest day. I was surprisingly not very sore from the long run but decided to take it easy today and got stuff done around the house.
Monday: I really love being able to take power yoga at lunch. I won’t go as far as saying that I look forward to Monday, but I really enjoy this class and feel like I am making good progress with strength and flexibility. After work I biked for an hour and ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I’ve heard several people say that it’s easier to run after biking so I think I needed to see for myself. While I won’t say it’s easy to run after biking, my legs were warmed up. I think I’ll be trying this again so that I can get some miles on the bike and the legs.
Tuesday: I guess yesterday’s bike and run took more out of me than I realized. I planned to run 6 miles at the gym before going to PiYo at the gym (it’s a brand new class so wasn’t on my original plan). Once I got started running, I realized that my legs were tired so I decided not to push it and just ran 1.5 miles and tried some of the weight machines at my new gym. PiYo class will have to wait until next week!
Wednesday: Since I cut yesterday’s run short, I really wanted to get some more miles in. So I completely changed my plan and ran 8 miles on the treadmill and felt great.
Thursday: I just wasn’t feeling a workout today so I didn’t. Another rest day for me!
Friday: I took a vacation day from work to spend some time with my daughter, sleep late, and get some stuff done around the house. I slept in until 7 AM! It was a real treat to sleep late and wake up with no alarm clock. I got a lot done and then hit the treadmill for 6 miles before my daughter woke up. Then it was off to lunch and a movie for us!
Saturday: Since I got some good rest yesterday, it wasn’t as hard to get up early today. Even though I don’t enjoy starting to run at 5 AM, I know it’s too hard to run in the heat. At 4:30, it was already 81 degrees so I was thankful that I made myself get up early to get it done. I always promise myself and allow time for a nap after I get home so I’ll eventually get my sleep. After running 20 miles each of the last 2 Saturdays, running 18 miles seemed like so much less. I had a great run and managed a good training pace. Pacing myself on long runs is a bit of a challenge since I know I can run faster and maintain that pace. But that’s not what a long training run is for, so sticking to the pace is the goal. Mission accomplished!
Total: 36.5 miles running, bike 1 day, weights, 1 class at gym
How was your week? Did you accomplish your goals?