|Scissor leg side crow! So proud of myself for that one!|
Yeah, I'm training for a PR again.
I TOLD myself I wouldn't do it this time! I swore up and down! Do this race for fun, I said! Don't push so hard this time, I said! But do I listen? No I do not.
I put together a training plan for myself that draws from the lessons I've learned in past races about my limits as far as available time, and mileage. Mondays are yoga days (though I also usually add yoga in at least 1-2 other days of the week as well). Tuesday is speed work--I'm using Hal Higdon's intermediate plan for speed work, alternating 400m intervals one week and a tempo run the next. Speed days are happening on the treadmill because I'm better at regulating my speed on the machine vs. out in the wild.
|Post-speed work at the gym with Tater Tot. It was his first time going to the gym's child care without crying! Yeah!|
|First hill work day was done in SHORTS! Gotta love El Nino February!|
Saturday is a rest day, then Sunday long run. I'm making a conscious effort to throw in hills on the long run (not sprints, just at long run pace). I often avoided the hills during long runs for Winter Warrior, but I knew the course was flat so I didn't feel bad about it. Now I know I need to be able to handle a good hill when my legs are already fatigued--so long run hills will help with that.
Honestly, I still have some doubts about my ability to go sub-2 on such a hilly course, but as with Winter Warrior--there ain't no harm in trying. At the very least, I'm challenging myself by adding in some hill work (new for me), and switching up my training routine is always fun!
I'll keep you posted as training goes on...I'm just happy to be back in a routine again!
What are you training for these days? Do you have any good recommendations for hill training?