|The essentials for long distance...|
Week 4 - The new training plan...which only has one rest day...Sunday...was in full force. I was finally back in the groove...especially in terms of strength training. A few adjustments now that PT is a part of my plan...AM dates with Gym will be necessary. Mondays are for walk/run and pilates (on reformer). Tuesdays are for strength training and PT. Wednesdays are for walking. Thursdays are for walk/run and PT. Fridays are for strength training. Saturdays are for long distance walk/run. This is my life until October. It will not be a cake walk. It will be exhausting...but it feels good to have mapped out how I am going to progress through the plan. My reward...getting those 26 miles. I know I can do it. I will do it.
Week 5 - The reality of the addition of PT and how that is going to change things hit hard. Gym in the AMs after being used to getting a good full night of sleep is not going to be easy. I am going to have to start doing a few things - going to bed at a decent hour and not eat like an idiot. Truth be told...my nutrition has been non-existent since the half marathon. I need to fix this. I feel it in my energy level and in the long distance walk/runs. I was exhausted this week...and my eight miles did not come easy. There is one other thing that I have not done since the half...walk/run outside for long distance. I have got to get over this fear...each Friday night I psych myself up thinking that I will wake up early and get outside. I get up on Saturday and I settle on the treadmill. I can work on pacing. I should take it easy just in case. I am afraid to hit the streets. My goals for Week 6 are clear... 1) get to bed early, 2) eat healthy, and 3) get outside on Saturday to get those 9 miles.