I seem to have been in turbo workout mode for the last couple weeks. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Saturday 23rd: 10K run
Sunday 24th: 18K run
Monday 25th: AM 30m cardio
Tuesday 26th: AM 30m cardio, lunch 6K run, PM 1h interval class
Wednesday 27th: AM 30m cardio, PM 1h Spin class
Thursday 28th: AM 30m cardio, PM 7K run
Friday 29th: AM 30m cardio
Saturday 30th: 20K run
Sunday 31st: 19K run
Monday 1st: AM 30m cardio
Tuesday 2nd: AM 12K run, PM interval class
Wednesday 3rd: AM 30m cardio, lunch 8K run, PM 1h Spin class
Thursday 4th: AM 30m cardio, PM 9K run
Friday 5th: rest
Saturday 6th: 20K run
Sunday 7th: 21K run
I’m not too sure what initiated it, except that I wanted to take it up a notch. I ended up losing a good chunk of weight over two weeks, bringing me the lowest number on the scale since high school. I felt great for the most part, but definitely noticed that it was starting to take a toll.
Many of you commented that I should remember to give myself a rest, and I appreciate that. I think we’ve all learned that the rest days are just as important (if not more so) as the workout days.
I would say that the last two weeks made for a good kick-start to a higher level of training, but this is not a schedule that I can maintain on a regular basis. I often caught myself slacking off during a workout without giving it a full effort, simply because I was exhausted. This happened during morning cardio several days as well as Wednesday’s Spin. I was also dragging some serious a$$ toward the end of yesterday’s long run.
It’s time for me to start thinking about the QUALITY of my workouts as opposed to just QUANTITY. While I do want to push myself to work while fatigued, I also realize that I will benefit more from a good quality workout where I can give it my all, as opposed to just going through the motions or putting in the miles.
I’ve never incorporated cross-training while marathon training before, so this is a learning experience. I have given myself the confidence that I can get out of bed early enough to squeeze in a run or workout before work, so I intend to continue doing so a couple times a week to help with scheduling.
I also plan to continue with double long runs every two to three weeks because I have never felt as strong as I did toward the end of Goofy training.
Other than that, I’ll be figuring things out as we go along. Penny for your thoughts!
P.S. The RoadID Giveaway winner will be announced later today!