I haven’t had much to write about the past couple of days. Monday and Tuesday I took a break and rested. I looked and felt so beat. Yesterday I went for a light 2 mile run without my watch because I was still sore and didn’t even want to know what pace I was running.
Now it’s already May! And with the Coronado Bridge Run in 2 weeks from Sunday and the SD Rock ‘n Roll in about 4, I decided to set some new goals:
– Nutrition: Read Paleo for Athletes (just started this), eat paleo and try out some new recipes. My recovery time from this past half marathon has been really poor, either because 1. the course was hard, 2. I fell off my paleo grind, or 3. the course was really hard. Either way, Paleo for Athletes is shedding light on how paleo works to maximize athletic performance and increase recovery rates.
–Workouts: Incorporate more early morning workouts into my schedule. I’d like to get into the habit of going to sleep early, waking up early, doing yoga or body pump before work then running after work.
–Running: Have more structured running workouts. I feel like lately when I run I have a semi-determined length, but no determined pace. I mainly just run according to how I’m feeling. I would like to feel like I’m running more effectively.
So I pulled out the book Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss. This book has good running plans if you’re looking to run only 3 times a week. Workout 1 is a track/speed workout, workout 2 is a tempo run, and workout 3 is a long run. I attempted to use this program last year, for all of about 3-4 weeks. I kind of burned myself out because I attempted to do the speed workouts faster than prescribed. This is exactly what you’re not supposed to do. The plans start 12-18 weeks out (depending on the length your race). I figured I can start next week at 15 weeks out and prepare for the America’s Finest City half marathon (I should probably sign up for this first). I think this program could be beneficial, I just need to give it a full chance. I feel like this time I’ll have a more practical approach, do exactly what it says and just test it out. There’s no harm in that when my half marathons have consistently been between 1:44 and 1:47. I’d just like to see a positive (or in terms of time, negative) difference.