I had a really great session on Monday. For the first time in months, I increased the resistance on the stationary bike. It was a little challenging at first, but it went well. Then, it was onto working muscle groups that I have neglected for quite some time.
On Tuesday, there were threats of thunderstorms so I hit the treadmill for my three-miler. Not too far into my workout, I remembered how boring treadmill running can be. I also had some weird side pain going on, and my iPod playlist did nothing for me. Did I mention that running on a treadmill is boring? Anyway, my three-miler turned into a two-miler because I’m lame.
Wednesday, I went back to Ladies Night after a very long absence. I was excited to go back, and they organized a great route -- if only I wasn't such a fail. Although I missed a turn on the loop back, I ended up running farther than I planned (success!)
On Thursday, I did my tempo workout. I looked forward to it, but hated that I had to waste an absolutely gorgeous day on the treadmill -- especially when only one of the three treadmills in my apartments fitness center worked...sort of. The newer treadmills – which have also just been repaired – have some disconnect between the belt and the main screen. It would have been fine if I didn’t care about my pace, but I wanted to know exactly how fast I was going. The third treadmill shut off every 4 minutes. This actually was fine because my workout consisted of five 3-minute repeats at 7.0 MPH, followed by a one-minute recovery jog. It's much easier to count to five when the machine stops abruptly and you nearly tumble to the floor.
Saturday was incredible. It started with a brunch at my apartment to watch the US Women's National team play Colombia in the Women's World Cup. I tried a few new recipes, and I think it went very well. The USWNT won their game - which is always a bonus - and have secured a place in the quarterfinals. Whoo!! After cleaning my apartment, I took a long walk and then went out for a run before dinner. It was one of the best runs that I've had in a very long time. I felt fast again, and I was able to charge up several hills with little trouble.
On Sunday, I completed my long run. I decided to run a route that I haven't run since training for Baltimore -- the one that starts with running on an incline for three miles. (The only good thing about running uphill for three miles is the promise of running downhill.) It was a little humid, and I need rebuild my tolerance for running in the heat. Overall, it was a great run.
Onto Week 2:
Monday: Rest (Happy Independence Day!)
Tuesday: Speed Work - 30 minutes (Time to hit the track!)
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 3 miles