Thursday, April 13, 2006

Week two report

I'm almost through week two of training, and for the most part it's been a pretty successful week. Tuesday it was absolutely beautiful outside, so I had my first outdoor run of the season. I didn't realize how tough running outside would be after spending a good long time inside on the treadmill. I didn't make it nearly as far as I thought I would, but it still felt so great to be running outside again that I almost didn't mind.

And truthfully, I think it was the hills that killed me. I mean, yes, occasionally I program the treadmill to give me some hills, but they are nothing even close to the real deal. So I was quite exhausted after Tuesday's run. But it felt so good to be outside again.

For today's run, which was a 20 minute quickie (I love when the training schedule has short runs!), I woke up before my classes to go running. That was weird. I'm not a morning person by nature, but I'm the type of person who can force myself to wake up and be active if I know I need to be. So instead of being dead when I hit the treadmill (it was rainy this morning), I felt really good, and I've actually felt quite energetic all day. So I may be giving some more consideration to the morning run. It gets it out of the way, and I feel much more alert during the day (although it's only a little after 11, I may hit my mid-afternoon slump hard later on).

I'm heading home for Easter this afternoon after my last class. So I will have three workouts to squeeze in at home. Tomorrow is a cross-training day, which will be no problem. We have a stationary bike at home. Saturday will be my endurance run, and since I just started training, they're still very short. So I have a quick three miles. I'm hoping it's nice so I can get it in outside, and then Monday I have a shorter speed run, which I'm going to do at home because I'll probably be getting back to school pretty late. The runs will have to be outside because I don't have a treadmill at home, so I'm hoping the shin splits don't kick in too bad. It'll be nice to get a change of scenery at home though.

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