(Last Week’s Mileage: 0.00 miles (I’m starting the clock over); Running Total: 0.00 miles)
Welcome back! This is the first of my weekly posts on my fitness objectives for the week. This week I’m focusing on
Today I’m starting prep-week of the Beach Body 21 Day Challenge. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the BeachBody programs and I’ve noticed I’m getting bored with the YouTube video workouts.
Boredom kills fitness goals fast.
I signed up for the BeachBody 21 Day Fix because I want to learn about clean eating and portion control. I’m also looking forward to the accountability of the BeachBody Facebook groups.
My big challenge this week though is to get my 10k training back on track.
I’ve been using the 10k training plan from Zen labs. This is from the same makers of the Couch to 5k application I used to work my way up to 3.1 miles.
Since the Couch to 5k program went so well, I was surprised when last week’s training runs were less than stellar. The first run of the week was awesome. Wednesday and Friday were awful.
Finishing a 10k is important to me, so to get my training back on track so I need to take a look at the difference in these runs.
I like easy to read charts, so I made one here.
|Factors||Run #1||Run #2||Run #3|
|Weather||Humid but cool||Hot and humid||Hot and humid|
|Time of Day||Early morning, before sunrise||Mid-morning, after sunrise||Mid-morning, after sunrise|
|Hydration||No water||No water||Carried bottle of water with me (helped some)|
|Distance||4+ miles||4+ miles||4+ miles|
|How did you feel?||Good. Rested.||Sore. Legs tired.||Sore. Legs very tired.|
|Where did it fall apart?||n/a. This run went fine.||About the 2 mile mark.||About the 2 mile mark.|
Making this chart helped me organize my thoughts around the problem. As soon as I put pen to paper I could see some glaring problems that weren’t obvious to me until I did the analysis.
There are a few things that tanked my run on Wednesday and Friday.
It was incredibly hot and humid. On Wednesday I didn’t have water with me and the four mile mid-morning run was torture. On Friday I brought water with me, which helped, but the weather at that time of day was still hot and humid. By then I was also worn out from the week.
My solution? Try running before the sun comes up.
So I’m declaring last week a do-over.
Wish me luck!
What are your goals this week? I love comments!
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