Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fun weekend planned.
I have to work for at least a good chunk of the day, why aren’t banks closed?! Then we are heading off to the beach for the weekend. It may be a short trip, but I am really looking forward to it!
I can’t wait to be there! Now!
As you all know from reading my recap of last week, it was a rough one for me. I completed my workout but had to cut my tempo run short because I just didn’t have it in me.
Even though I know it’s not the end of the world, I really wanted to have some redemption this week when it came to my tempo specifically.
Hansons plan focuses pretty heavily on cumulative fatigue; it’s going to make you run tough workouts, tempo runs and long runs on tired legs. This is one of the big reasons I believe that I felt so good during my last marathon, but it can get very tiring.
Going into this week I made a game plan and made a few changes that I thought would help me both physically and mentally. Aside from being tired from running, I also knew I had a very long week coming up with quarter end.
Easy Easy Easy Days
If you follow the plan exactly, even your easy days have a desired pace range. I knew that sometimes I push myself too hard because of this.
This week I decided that on Monday and Wednesday I would just run and see what my body wanted to do. If it was slower than the “desired pace range” then so be it.
I ended up actually staying in range, but I didn’t stress about the easy paces as I have in the past and looked at my watch a whole lot less.
I knew I wanted to try to have a good tempo run this week, so instead of sitting around thinking about it all week I decided to do my tempo run on Tuesday morning. I either would end up running my tempo on tired legs or my workout, either way there is benefit.
I lucked out as well because since my husband’s schedule has now changed he was able to help pace me for the 6 mile tempo. Win!
I knew I would be tired going into my work out on Thursday morning. I didn’t want to opt out of doing my work out outside, but I already came to terms that if I needed to I would jump on the treadmill Thursday morning.
I always make sure, unless the weather acts up; that I do my tempo runs outside. I am really trying to get most work outs done outside as well this time around, but try to give myself a little more leeway.
Thankfully, I didn’t end up having to use it but having it as a backup option helped me not stress quite as much.
Increased Core and Strength Training
I’ve been incorporating this over the past 2-3 weeks but have been in a pretty big rut. This week I said enough was enough and am making it a focus to do core work and strength training every day. It doesn’t mean it has to take an hour. So far this week I have spent about 15-20 minutes every morning after my run doing it.
I am already seeing the benefits from it.
I could have gone into this week with the same plan as always, and it might have worked! However, I know all too well how I work and I knew having even small changes would mentally help me.
Do you ever make training changing plans?
Do you do workouts on the treadmill?