Ten weeks to go until my next marathon. It's hard to believe it's been almost a full year since I ran my last one! I keep waiting to get into that intense marathon training mode. And I'm just not. Although starting this week I'm going to start watching what I eat a little better (more on that in another post, lets just say i need to break up with cheese) and as of this morning I have made a triumphant return to morning weekday running. Hopefully that will get my mind a bit more focused on the task at hand. Training well for my next 'm'.
With thanks to the motivation of a co-worker, and the appeal of running in cooler temps at least one more day per week, I ran this morning at 5a followed by an express hot yoga class. The hot yoga studio I go to hosts training runs for the Prairie Fire half marathon a few mornings a week at 5a. What better way to start the week than to run with fellow yogi's and stretch out after? Monday is always my 'recovery/easy' day of just four-five miles. So it works out perfectly.
Besides that, my legs have been protesting lately, but this morning they were feeling almost back to normal. I missed quite a bit of yoga the past two weeks and I notice a direct correlation in the pain in my calves/legs and how much yoga I do. Plain and simple, yoga is vital for my running. And I've slacked with it recently. No good. But I'm back on the wagon this week, back to a regular routine and things are shaking out nicely!
I have to say, despite grudgingly getting myself out of bed, it is satisfying to have a complete day of workouts done by 7a. I'm trying to find that balance between enough sleep and running super early. Because I also get up for early weekend runs. If I haven't mentioned it before, I will mention it here again. Sleep is a new concept for me, and I'm realizing how vital it is for my overall health. I refuse to give up my new-found precious sleep!
Week 6 Training:
Monday - 5 easy miles
Tuesday - 5 hot and sunburned miles on the hilly route
Friday - 6 tempo-ish miles on the hilly route
Sunday - 14 miles
Total Miles - 30
Cheers to a good running week blahgesphere!