Last week was my much needed cut back week. I was totally spent, and found myself fighting major mental battles and doubt about being able to get through this training. This was a brand new week, and I felt great. I felt re-charged and ready to get back after it! That said, the morning running just hasn't been happening lately. I can't get out of bed in the mornings, luckily it's still too cold and yucky in the mornings to get outside, but the evenings have been perfect.
Monday - 7 miles, pyramid style. My only early morning and only treadmill workout of the week (WAHOOO!) CXWORX (30 minutes) and crazy, ambitious me went back to the Y after work, to dirty my third pair of workout clothes for the day... and to do some upper body lifting. I had endless energy!
Tuesday - Body Pump Express and cross training. 40 minutes arc trainer and 20 on the elliptical. I always do some sort of hill preset on the ellip, and the arc I usually do a cardio section for 20 minutes, and a hill or strength section for the other 20.
Wednesday - 7 miles outside after work. I set out with a tempo run goal, but I was in some wicked pain from my blisters, and there was still quite a bit of ice and snow in some spots. Anyway, I did manage a 2 miles warm up, 4 miles at tempo (7:58 pace to 8:10), and a mile slow to head home. I was proud of the workout all things considered.
Thursday - Body Pump Express and 7.5 miles after work. The goal was steady pace miles, and I pulled that off. It was a perfect evening, and the ice and snow I dodged on Wednesday had all melted.
Friday - CXWORX (30 minutes) After work I went to the Y and lifted weights for about 20 minutes and then made my way down to the basketball court to shoot some hoops for a while. It felt amazing.
Saturday - 16 mile long run. This run was ALL over the place. Mentally, the first half was ROUGH. I just couldn't convince myself that I even wanted to do it. It was a struggle. The second half was like I was a completely different person. Out of nowhere, my pace picked up effortlessly, and stayed up. I finished the run on a major high and felt incredible. It was a far cry from how I started. I guess this type of run was a good thing. It taught me to dig deep, and push through.
Sunday - 4 miles on the treadmill and Level One of 30 Day Shred as some active recovery. My legs felt fantastic after Saturday, but I kept the treadmill as slow as I could stand it.