This was a pretty hectic week that included some cross-country zig-zagging with several long-ass flights and lotsa late nights and early mornings. In fact, the number one thing I need to address is this lack of sleep. I’m able to pull it off okay at the moment, but I know this shit will not fly as I get deeper into the training and start doing some real mileage every week. But as it stood, I simply had no time to sleep AND train properly. So it was a run at 1:30 AM one night, some weight-training at 3:30 AM another night, and a few back-to-back nights of maybe 3 hours (or less!) of sleep. By the time Friday hit, I was feeling it.
One of the biggest challenges is the density of the weekly routine. Before this marathon training, I would simply delay a workout until the next day if necessary, and that would make all the difference. But now, with the regimen being so specific, if I delay one day, the whole week gets thrown off, so I do what I gotta do to stay on it. I’m sure I’ll have to address this shortly and figure out how to be a bit more flexible.
Anyway, it’s all good. Here’s how it went down for week three. Still at super low miles, which is a gift for now as I try to figure it all out!
Sun – 10-16-11: Weights at the Rock Pile in Panama City, FL. “Free-form” workout***
Mon – 10-17-11: 30 mins treadmill, brisk walk, varying incline
Tue – 10-18-11: Workout #1 – tempo work; 3 miles, ave. 8:12 per, which is way faster than my normal pace. (My body felt strong, but I was definitely winded by the end.) Full warm-up and cool-down exercises, including nice abs/core; Workout #2 – Weights at the gym, free-form workout
Wed – 10-19-11: Late night run in Baltimore, light hills, 3 miles.
Thu – 10-20-11: Late night workout at the (Baltimore) Airport Westin hotel gym; free-form workout
Fri – 10-21-11: Rest day. Pretty burnt…
Sat – 10-22-11: 4 mile run at the park with training group; 10 min. mile pace; pretty easy. Had the usual excellent warm-up/cool-down exercises and stretching.
***The free-form workout is a departure from my normal regimen at the gym. It’s a spontaneous kind of routine that I’ll usually intuitively create in the moment. It’s what I usually do when I’m either pressed for time at my regular gym, or when I’m training on the road at a new gym that has a lot of different gear. And while it’s often driven by necessity, the advantage of these kind of workouts is that they have a way of throwing the body a curveball… of keeping the body guessing. In fact, whenever I’m training at a different gym on the road, I’ll look for pieces of gear that are not available at my regular gym, just so I can shock the body with something it isn’t used to.
All for now, kids –