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.