In team sports, pre-season is the time for focusing on fitness and strength, building a solid base to carry you through the regular season.
So to make April the best preseason possible, I will be focusing more intently on increasing strength (mainly through the Shred), increasing flexibility (with yoga) and maintaining a solid running base.
I will run more when I want to (a few times a week) with less focus on forcing myself out the door for a specific type of training run. Not to say my runs won't have purpose, but it won't be a specific run on a specific day. It will be more based on what I'm feeling.
At the end of the month I'll be ready to dive into half marathon training.
(The reason I'm starting my half marathon training so early is because BF decided to do the race too and I want us to both start training at the same time so that there's an extra layer of support and encouragement for both of us. For BF's pre-season he's running three times a week going two to three miles. Our training plans won't be the same. His will focus more on finishing the race. Mine will focus more on time improvement.)
As for Day Two of the Shred, I ended up using water bottles as many of you suggested for my weights. They worked well and were heavy. I used big one liter bottles for added weight. The only down side was they were harder to hold in my hands.
Day Two was more challenging because my muscles were fatigued. So I may end up staying with Level One a few extra days if the muscle fatigue is still present at the end of the week.
I'm making the dreaded trip to the DMV today to get a Maryland license and get my registration changed. Please kill me now.
Happy Hump Day!