The past two days have reached the 60s. It was near 50 degrees when I got out for a run this morning. I can’t get enough of these warmer temperatures.
Melissa and I headed out together for some fartleks. We ditched the track workout – just didn’t have the energy for that. It was a nice 3 mile run that ended with Starbucks.
My legs were still a bit sore from Monday’s gym workout. Some days I am really glad I didn’t get the personal trainer I wanted a couple months ago. The trainer would kick my butt! I like going at my own pace and, just maybe, I am finally to the point where I can push myself to do more.
I have a couple short runs over the next couple days before this weekend’s long run – 90 minutes. I can definitely feel my legs getting stronger as they get over the fatigue from my last marathon. I am still not performing at the level I want, or need, to PR in my upcoming half marathon. I guess that is why it is a training plan. Just have to progress through the days and I will hopefully get stronger. And I will.
Tip of the Week
I had a good week at the gym. Getting consistent is just as important in core strengthening as in running. Twenty minutes of strength training a few times a week can help to prevent injuries, recover faster and improve performance.
Many runners – including myself – sometimes get too focused on logging miles, running hills and speedwork. All those are fantastic but don’t ignore strength training. Find a way to get a couple gym days on the schedule. Or do the workouts at home. Last year I did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred from home. All you need is a couple hand weights and a mat helps.