May 19-June 1 Training

Let’s hear it for summer vacation! Since May 15, I’ve been free to move about the country. I took advantage of this teaching career benefit the second half of May and embarked on a running tour of the Midwest. The trip took me down several new trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland’s Metroparks system, and down memory lane in Madison, Wisc. 

All along the way I enjoyed good company, and got used to the camaraderie of running with a best buddy or group. Arriving back in North Carolina, it took a few runs to get used to “the loneliness of the long-distance runner” again. Fortunately, I met some new four-legged, furry friends on a few familiar local routes: An orange cat who appeared just when I wished for someone to talk to, and the friendliest Golden Retriever on the planet who tried her best to get me to stay and play rather than move forward.

May 19-25

Monday –  6 easy (paved path)

Tuesday — 8 with 6 X 2:00 95% effort pick-ups (treadmill)

Wednesday —  Travel day; no workout

Thursday —  6.3 easy (trails)

Friday – 5 easy (pavement and dirt path)

Saturday — rest day

Sunday — 15.1 miles (Madison Half Marathon race plus warm-up/cool down)

Totals:  ~ 40.5 miles running

May 26-June 1

Monday –  Travel day; no workout

Tuesday — 8.3 easy (pavement)

Wednesday —  4.75 easy (trails)

Thursday —  6 easy (road)

Friday –  3.5 mile walk

Saturday — 18 easy (road)

Sunday — 6.25 easy (treadmill); yoga

Totals:  ~ 44 miles running, 3.5 mile walking, 1 yoga practice

Good stuff: Too much for this little blurb. First and foremost, priceless company and memories made. I benefited from Trail Running 101 instruction on the Buckeye Trail, site of my summer goal race, and for the first time truly realized and appreciated the different, specialized techniques needed to traverse off-road.

Stuff to keep an eye on: After almost a month off from yoga and pilates due to a bit of burnout from teaching so much, my body feels clunky, weak, and stiff. Just one yoga practice helped loosen a tight lower leg and settle my mind, a reminder of how beneficial these supplemental activities are. I will schedule them into my training weeks until they become habitual again.

Goals for the week: Start heat-acclimating! I came back to what feels like mid-summer in N.C. It can be downright miserable to run in the steamy, stuffy conditions, but it can be done with some safety precautions and adjustments. Not giving in to the temptation of an air-conditioned treadmill with built-in fan will mean better performances in summer races and much stronger running when fall comes. Sadly, I confess to already longing for that more runner-friendly season!

2 Responses to “May 19-June 1 Training”

  1. 1 Lloyd June 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Nice couple of weeks, Andrea.

    I agree that running with a buddy is the best. 🙂

    Good luck with training for your summer trail challenge.

  2. 2 Meredith June 4, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Good luck at Buckeye! Very exciting 🙂

    Enjoy your summer.

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