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Running/Training Log (3/21 - 3/27)

Since this is my blog and I can write what I want to (even if it isn't about money), and because I'm signed up for several running events this year (including a long-distance stage race that I may be completely unqualified for), I've decided to log my training on a weekly basis.

Last week was relatively high mileage for me:

Monday, 3/21: 5 mile run

Tuesday, 3/22: 2 mile walk with weighted pack (explained below); strength training

Wednesday, 3/23: 5 mile run

Thursday, 3/24: 5 mile run

Friday, 3/25: 3 mile walk with weighted pack

Saturday, 3/26: 14 mile long run (after which I devoured an enormous veggie calzone)

Sunday, 3/27: 4.5 mile walk with weighted pack

Total miles: 38.5

This week's top songs on the running playlist:

  • Sia - The Greatest
  • GAYLE - abcdefu
  • Alicia Keyes & Nicki Minaj - Girl on Fire
  • M.I.A. - Paper Planes
  • Weezer - Beverly Hills
  • House of Pain - Jump Around 
  • 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
  • It's Tricky - Run DMC

As part of crosstraining/strength training, I like to take walks while wearing a weighted pack. This serves several purposes:

First, I enjoy walking, so it's fun. 

Second, it's a highly effective supplement to running because it improves endurance (especially if you tackle a few hills) while also building strength. It works, trust me!

Third, it feels easier than running, but it is still an excellent workout. There are days when I don't want to run; this is a good alternative.

Last week I tossed a chunky biology textbook and a 10-pound weight in my pack, which wasn't an unpleasant amount of baggage but definitely increased my heart rate, especially when moving uphill.

On another note, on weekdays, I typically run after work, but I want to get in the habit of running in the morning because I have more energy and just feel fresher once I'm out on the road or trail. However, I am not a morning person and getting out of bed at 6 AM is a struggle. 


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