Workout Recap 1/31-2/6

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?

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