Week Four: STWM Training

When I received my first week of training from my coach I was apprehensive about Mondays being a rest day. Historically, getting up and out early for a run on a Monday has always been how I’ve managed to feel good about starting my week. Anything else just doesn’t feel right. With my long runs now on Sundays instead of Saturdays though I am quickly starting to appreciate the rest on Monday. I now start my week with a positive focus on nutrition, hydration and resting for the week to come.

Tuesday I was scheduled for a 6k tempo run. I got a late start on this one, wasn’t feeling well and was still trying to navigate work issues (insert a myriad of excuses here) but still somehow managed to get out the door. Dragging my butt cost me in the weather department as I got caught in the rain (this seems to be a recent trend). I have to say that there is something oddly mystical that feels transcendent when running in the rain. Fine, that may be an over exaggeration but at the very least it makes you run faster…tempo run complete!

I must say that Wednesday tried to cut me off at the knees and the thought of heading downtown to meet with the Running Room group was the last thing on my mind. So, I missed it but I’m pretty darn proud of the fact that I didn’t miss my run. I needed a solo run and thats exactly what I did….10k of uninterrupted bliss! In my Garmin training log this run is appropriately entitled “Blessed to Run” as it was one of the runs that reminds you why we keeping lacing up.

By Thursday I had gotten out of my own head and made my way downtown to meet up with Roger and was glad I did. It was him and I for most of an 8k run which always pushes me a little harder then I might push myself. We also worked on running downhill…you wouldn’t think this to be an issue and something requiring practice (I mean what could be easier then running down a hill) but it was VERY helpful!

Fridays focus was cross training and Saturday was rest, hydrate and fuel for Sundays long run. With an unexpected trip out of town on Sunday I set my alarm for 5am, woke up, scarfed half a bagel and half a banana, dressed and was out the door by 5:30 for a scheduled 20k. This was by far my best long run to date….but I was still happy to see the city marker sign when I was headed back into town 🙂

Week Three: STWM Training

When I first decided to run STWM and mapped out a 19 week training plan I felt like that was such a LONG time…certainly more then enough training time. Now I’m sitting down to write my third week training recap and I already feel like the weeks are moving by way too quickly! I am becoming acutely aware that EVERY single run serves a very distinct purpose yet at the same time I am trying really hard to not lose the joy of running. I do have lots of weeks to go and would hate to burn out before even stepping foot on the start line.

There are two ways (so far) that I’ve decided to try and keep the fun in running: (1) thoroughly take advantage of my rest days. This is something most runners struggle with but I am quickly learning the importance of utilizing this time wisely, and (2) schedule some lower k races that serve more as training runs then timed events to just have fun with other runners.

Monday and Friday were cross training days and Saturday was a true rest day…I focused on hydrating for Sundays long run.

On Tuesday I had signed up for the Canada Day 10k. Supporting a home town race was my way to give back and spend some time with fellow runners just out to have a good time. However, mother nature had a different agenda! Standing on the start line I felt the first drops of rain and about 1k into the race the skies opened up and didn’t let up. I’ve run in rain…this was gailforce wind, thunder, lightening and furious rain! It certainly wasn’t a PR but it was an interesting time.

Wednesday and Thursday I logged 10 and 8k respectively with the Running Room marathon clinic working on some tempo runs.

My coach had scheduled 18k for Sunday and given the humidity the week before I paid extra attention hydrating and fuelling for this weeks run. There are many things I appreciate about having a coach but one thing in particular is not having to plan my routes. For my LSD runs he gives me a map and off I go….and if I could just manage to keep this map without losing it things would be perfect. Oddly enough this week I managed to lose TWO maps (don’t ask)! Positive insight from this week….I’m growing more confident in my longs runs as I see progress over time. This is very exciting! Take a minute and let me know how your training is going. Happy running!