“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Getting Hilly & Mixing It Up!

Another Galloway Group run this morning - with 7.5 miles this time.  We took it easy and went very "low and slow" because even at 6:30am we were already under a heat advisory warning!  The only snafu of the morning was missing a turn (again) and going up an unnecessary big (at least for Dallas) hill.  We realized our mistake and turned around, went down the hill, and got back on track.  The upside is that it definitely helps with hill training for San Francisco!

On another note, I haven't been very happy with how cross training (elliptical) on Wednesdays has left my legs feeling not-so-great for my Thursday morning runs - so I'm mixing it up a little.  This week I left out the cross altogether, but didn't like that either.  So I've come up with a new plan - my standard week will now look like this:
  • Monday - short run
  • Tuesday - strength (upper body & core, no leg work)
  • Wednesday - short run
  • Thursday - cross train
  • Friday - yoga for runners
  • Saturday - long run
  • Sunday - rest
I'm thinking that since the yoga for runners isn't intense (basically just stretching) it won't be too much before the long run.  I tested the theory by doing yoga yesterday morning and I felt fine during the long run today.  Next week will be the first full week I try the new plan out, so we'll see how it goes.  If I don't like it, no harm done - I can just as easily switch back and figure out another day to cross-train.  I'm hoping it works out, though, because this new schedule allows me to incorporate all the different training aspects I'd like to, while still keeping my legs "fresh" for running.

Today's stats:
  • 7.45 miles; 01:45:58 min; 14:13 min/mi pace

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you have a good plan. Remember that doing your long run when you're legs aren't their freshest isn't the worst idea once in a while. It teaches you to push through the fatigue and learn menatal toughness :)!