My Training So Far
Let’s talk running! I’ve been nailing my workouts. With Jack Daniel’s plan you pick a peak mileage for the training cycle- I’m going with 55. Those miles are broken down into two quality workouts a week and easy runs. Each week he gives you a percentage of peak mileage to hit. So if my two quality workouts equal 22 miles- say a 14m long run and a 8m speed- and my mileage for the week is 90%- 50 miles- I fill in the rest of the week with 28 easy miles. What I like about this is that I can run 7 days a week or 4 days a week, as long as I get in my miles. All that to say, my easy, filler miles are usually 6 miles, sometimes 8, done at 8:20 or slower pace, and I take one day completely off. Phew, that was longer than I expected… here’s a look at a few of my quality runs so far. Note that the runs on June 29th and July 6th were done on the treadmill.
Between the heat/humidity and pumping, I was struggling with dehydration in the beginning of training. I restocked my Nuun supply and I’ve been good to go ever since! I drink a full glass of Nuun before every run, even ones on the treadmill.
Even Kara know’s how important it is to stay hydrated while running 😉
Surprisingly, running outside in the evening hasn’t been that bad. You’d think with the blazing sun and heat of the day it would be harder than a 5AM run with no sun, but I think the humidity is just so horrible in the mornings that it makes it a bit harder. I came prepared for the below evening run with Nuun to drink after while I stretched and Halo Top for the car ride home. I’ve said it before, but I think Halo Top is the perfect post run treat. Perfect amount of calories, carbs, sugar and protein. Plus, it’s cold and delicious!
Of course sushi makes a great post run treat, too! I’ve got my real baby and food baby once all the sushi’s gone, haha.
I’m excited for my training to ramp up in intensity and really see what I can do. I’m not excited for what it’s going to do to my energy, haha. I keep throwing that word balance out there, but there are only so many hours in a day. Making sure I’m the best mom and wife is top priority and I hope I can be both of those AND be a successful runner… all while working 40 hrs/wk. I keep reminding myself that I don’t HAVE to run, I GET to run. So when I complain that I’m too tired, it’s my own fault, haha. Here’s to the weekend!