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CHM Training Week 5 Recap

Posted Mar 06 2012 1:04pm
About 66 miles for week 5 with 2 strength sessions and 1 booty kickin yoga class.

Monday: 10 miles easy

Tuesday: 11.02 miles in 1:23. Strength circuit.
5 mile tempo runSplits: 6:50, 6:35, 6:29, 6:34, 6:31
This tempo was a bit all over the place because I was running by feel and not letting the garmin dictate my pace. I love a good tempo run but I feel like most of the running population has no idea how to run this workout, including myself.  Seems like a lot of us  turn to graphs, stats, and charts to determine what pace to take our tempos. I've done this in the past, but have recently decided that for me I can't necessarily put my workouts into charts to get the most benefit from them. Honestly I'm a bit thrown for loop lately because I feel like I've gained speed in the past several months which makes it difficult for my workouts to fit correctly into standard stats, so everything for me is based on feel as of right now.
Wednesday: 9 mile recovery run
This was such a beautiful day that I was almost tempted to turn this run into another  accidental 20 miler , but I didn't. Instead I just rocked out to some good tunes along the lakefront while soaking up the warm rays of the sun, I'll save that second  accidental 20 miler  for another day.
Thursday: 12.01 miles in 1:31. Strength circuit.

Celebrated the hubby's 28th birthday.
Speed workout3 Sets of 1x1600/2x400'sSplits: 6:21, 1:31, 1:31, 6:21, 1:34, 1:31, 6:18, 1:33, 1:31
Friday: 8.5 mile recovery run. Hot yoga fusion at  Core Power Yoga , 75 minutes.
I consider myself a fairly fit female athlete that can take on a lot of physical challenges, but never in my life had I ever been challenged in the way this hot yoga fusion class did. My mat looked like a slip and slide by the end of class and my body sweat out about 4 lbs. of toxins. By the back end of the class I couldn't even hold a downward dog because I was basically swimming in my own filth and couldn't grip my mat. I went to the class over dressed and under prepared with no towel. I was a gross mess by the end, but can't wait to get back for another class.
I always find value being put out of my element in fitness, and this class taught me that no matter how fast or far I can run there are still a lot of other physical challenges that can kick my butt.
Saturday: Unexpected day off. Legs were really tight and achy from Friday's yoga session.
Sunday: 15.14 miles in 1:59, 7:50 pace.
Started off my  28th birthday  with a long run at the early morning hours of the day. Legs were still feeling kind of heavy and sluggish for most of this run, but it felt so nice to start my day off in the wee hours of the morning with the stillness of the lakefront path as my backdrop.

I collect aprons, so the hubby gave me a funky new one to add to my collection. Love feeling girly and cute while dicing up some serious mirepoix or deboning chickens in my kitchen.

He also bought me some racing flats, the Adidas Adios. I haven't ran in racing flats in about 10 years and  feel like my legs are finally ready to again for my upcoming spring races.

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