The need for speed

21 Dec

I’m starting to feel a little bit better.

From the time I got home from work until 9:30 last night I was curled up under a blanket watching mindless TV.  Around 9:30 I fell into a cold-medicine induced sleep and slept like a log. I woke up this morning for work pretty easily. I’m not 100% yet but  hoping I’m on the way to feeling better. I don’t think I’m going to be up for hot yoga tonight – being in a super hot room in close proximity to others just doesn’t sound appealing right now. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get in a yoga session, strength and a run by the end of the week though, we will see.

Onto something a little more exciting…

I’ve noticed that I have gotten significantly slower when training for my first four half marathons over the past year. I don’t need to start actively training for my next half marathon until the beginning-ish of March so I looked around at a plan that would help me get faster while still maintaining endurance for medium length long runs. I think I’ve settled on Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 5k plan. I really do best when I have a written down plan that I can cross of my workouts from.

I did make a few modifications to Higdon’s original plan.

  • I reduced the running days to three a week. I’ve learned from past experience that four or five days of running a week is just too much.
  • I added in Yoga 1x a week and Strength training with bands on the Wii 1x a week.
  • In addition, my Fridays are blank right now, mostly because my previous Zumba session ended and won’t be restarting until mid January. Zumba classes may end up being on a different day of the week, causing me to have to shift my other workouts around. Until mid-January I plan on doing EA Active on the Wii, an easy run or some other sort of exercise to fill that day.

I’ve also jotted down any weekend plans I know of coming up so that it’s easier to plan long runs.

I really really loathe speed work and tempo runs, but I’m hoping incorporating it one day a week  will be doable and will help!

Enjoy your Wednesday. I’ve got 1.5 work days til 2012 left! Counting down…


One Response to “The need for speed”


  1. The day after Christmas « Diary of a slow runner - December 26, 2011

    […] and spent the morning/early afternoon bumming around. I did get out for a 30 minute run to start my plan for speed though. I also ran a few errands and we ordered a few odds and ends online that we’ve been […]

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