I was glad to see five deer this week when I was out for three of my runs. There's some major tree cutting going on at the park beside my house and I was afraid that the deer would leave the park. (Enlarge the photo to see the three deer I saw one day.)
Eating Before My Morning Run
My "fasting before all of my runs experiment" has ended in hopes that I'll have more energy when I run. I felt better when I ran 12 miles after eating first, but my pace still hasn't picked back up. See this Inside Tracker post and this Active.com post for more on the subject of eating before you run.
Am I an Obnoxious Runner?
I asked myself that question after reading this article that makes the point that running should inspire others to do what they love even if it isn't running. Then I asked myself that question again after watching the video about the marathoner who ran without telling anyone. That would not be me!
|Me and My Running Buddy at the Park Where I Run/Ride/Walk|
A Longer Exercise Cycle
After reading the book Meb for Mortals by Olympian Meb Keflezighi (my review), I was reminded of why I like the 9 day cycle. A longer plan gives me a little more recovery between the 3 main workouts of a long, tempo and speed run. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein does 9-10 day cycles and puts 2-3 easy days between hard workouts, too. After reading Revisiting the 7 Day Training Week, you may even want to schedule an even longer training cycle of 10 days or 2-3 weeks.
My Recent 9 Day Training Cycle
Besides running and riding, on most days, I did a few minutes of strength training, core and/or balance exercises and dog walking, too.
Monday- 6 mile run with speed work: 1, 2, 3 minutes fast with 1 minute recovery runs between, times 2.
Tuesday- 7 mile recovery run
Wednesday- 1 hour bike ride (all rides this week: easy to moderate effort)
Thursday- 8 mile tempo run with 3 miles faster in the middle
Friday- 1 hour bike ride
Saturday- 6 mile recovery run
Monday- 12 mile run (last 2 miles faster) with vanilla EFS liquid shot (but I prefer berry flavor)
Tuesday (today) - 1 hour bike ride
Do you work out in the usual 7 day cycles or have you used a longer cycle?