Happy Monday, ya’ll! I am a big planner and thrive when I make a plan for my week. I may not always follow it perfectly, but I like knowing what is in store for me each day. I also love reading and hearing about what other people are doing to reach their health and fitness goals.
Last week I announced that I would be running the Boston Marathon on Team Stonyfield, I have been working on my endurance in a pre-conditioning training phase. Since completing the LA Marathon this past spring, I have run primarily for fun. My running has been slow paced while training using the MAF Method and just running because I love it. Now I am running with purpose.
In addition to working on my base, I want to make strength training a priority. I love lifting heavy weights… yet that part of my fitness routine always seems to be the first to be dropped. Sigh. After speaking with my trainer and understanding the importance of strength training to lower body fat, I am making it a point to lift at least 2x a week.
I am not going to sugar coat any of my training or make excuses. The majority of my runs will either be while pushing T in the jogger, chasing three boys on bikes, or running solo on the treadmill. It may not always look like the training plan schedule, but the miles will be covered and sweat will be dropped.
This past weekend, I asked on my facebook page: If you like to know the running pace and times of your friends and blogs your read. The response was interesting as many didn’t care while others shared they were interested. I figured I would share with you my pace guidelines (suggested) and what actually happened.
I will be honest, sharing time, pace, speed, and all that jazz does create a little mental trigger in me with the whole comparison trap game. I know that we are all on our own running journey and running our own race… but it is hard to not compare at times. So please, understand that this is my blog, my journey, my running story.
My current running and fitness goals are to increase my endurance and running base. I am not adding in any speed work at this point in my run training. My goal is to also gain strength (core, hips, upper body… and whole body actually).
Last Week’s Fitness Routine
Monday – 3 miles easy – treadmill (12 min/mile pace)
Tuesday – 3 miles easy – treadmill (12 min/mile pace)
Wednesday – 4.5 miles pushing T in jogger (10:21 min/mile pace)
Thursday – rest
Friday – 5 miles chasing boys on bikes (10:44 min/mile pace) + afternoon Zumba
Saturday and Sunday – rest & Fun with friends
This Week’s Fitness Routine
Monday – 4.5 build up miles (10:00-11:19 min/mile pace)
Tuesday – 3 miles easy + strength training (body pump OR class at gym)
Wednesday – 4.5 build-up miles (9:59-11:18 min/mile pace)
Thursday – strength training (body pump OR class at gym)
Friday – 4.5 build up miles (9:59-11:18 min/mile pace)
Saturday or Sunday – 7 miles comfortable pace
I am currently following the guideline and marathon training plan from the ASICS website. The training plan is free, totally customizable, and changes your goal pace as you input your times/pace after each run.
So there you have it. My weekly fitness and strength goal plan. I am still running for fun… now my miles have meaning and purpose. It is exciting, and I love training.