This week marks a new week with a new coach. You may remember I fired my old coach and was just going to go solo from now on. Well the owner of the company was fine with that but I didn’t want to lose the money I already paid so he offered a different coach. This coach runs ultra-marathons and has set a Guinness world record for longest run on a treadmill. I would say he knows about running. His workouts are already drastically different than my old coach. First of all he gives me 2 weeks at a time and second they are a lot more detailed so I know more of whats expected. Its a nice refreshing change to say the least. With that being said, I’ve had some physical issues that kept me from doing the plan as detailed but I did what I could.
Tuesday: First speed session in more than a month!! Yikes!! I did 3 sets of the following: 200m fast 200m rest, 200m fast 200m rest, 400m fast 400m rest. Plus 10 minutes warm up and cool down. I ended with 11:17 pace and 4.44 miles. My pace was way off target but like I said its been over a month since my last speed session and to be honest my body wasn’t ready for this kind of run just yet. 15 minutes stretching / yoga poses / foam rolling that night.
Wednesday: Recovery run today and it was painful!! My left calf pain is back with a vengeance so I cut my run short by 1 mile. Ended with 3 miles at 11:06 pace. I had a call with Ronnie tonight to talk about the issues and he gave me a recommendation for a specialist to see about the calf pain. Good news is I go see that specialist next week so hopefully we can get rid of this pain that’s clearly holding me back. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Thursday: Today’s speed run was toned back to a recovery run in light of the pain I’m having. Ended with 3 miles at a 10:53 pace. I felt better today but knew I had to keep an eye on the pain. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Friday: Rest day with core work. Well I didn’t get to the core work there was a lot going on personally and with getting our taxes done and my business time got away from me. I did get my stretching and foam rolling in though! In case you didn’t know the super bowl was in Houston this year. Since I work downtown our office took a nice group stroll to check out the special area they set up for the festivities. It was pretty cool!
Saturday: Longest run since marathon. Let that sink in…its been a month since I’ve done anything longer than 4 miles. Today was 8 miles and it went ok. My legs were tight, I struggled with pace but ended with 8 miles with an average pace of 11:09 so not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Unfortunately my calf issue came screaming back at mile 7 and now it hurts when I walk. Good thing I have an appointment for Tuesday! No stretching today, I was busy keeping my brother company with my adorable nephew.
Sunday: 4 miles fartleck workout but I didn’t have my watch so I have no idea how the pace went or anything like that. I know I did 4 miles, because I know what 4 miles is in my neighborhood. 7 times for 2 minutes at fast pace. I’m pretty sure my fast pace ended up being a quick jog because of the calf pain and I probably shouldn’t have run in the first place but I wanted to make a good impression on my coach. Yup I heard how stupid that sounded don’t worry! 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Monday: Recovery day! I love recovery days! I didn’t do much of anything but meal prep and of course 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses.
CHIME IN!!! How is your training going? Do you know anyone that has set a Guinness world record? What’s great in your life this week?