Weekly Recap: December 12th - December 18th
Monday: A much needed rest day after getting my 5K PR on Sunday!!
Tuesday: My first fartlek run! I ended up running for 35 minutes, or a total of 45 minutes if you include a 5 minute warm up walk and a 5 minute cool down walk, and I went 3.62 miles. My average pace was 12:26, but since it was a fartlek, my pace was really all over the place. I did feel a little bit like I favored sprinting, and wasn't including slightly longer bursts at a slightly slower than sprinting pace, so that is something I will work on!
Wednesday: The beginning of Cinderella Boot Camp - yeehaw! I did HIIT 20 and Ab Ripper X. Both are really tough workouts, but if I'm going to be back in my skinny jeans (which, by the way, are a gorgeous pair of Joe's jeans that I found in a thrift store) by the time Cinderella opens, I need to get tough. Especially because I did the math incorrectly (read: was a space cadet and got my days mixed up) and we actually open a week before I thought we did. So my grand plan of 6 pounds in 6 weeks needs to be accelerated to 6 pounds in 5 weeks. Possible? I think so!
Thursday: Thursdays are tempo days, and the plan was a 5 mile tempo run. I finished 5.65 miles at an average pace of 12:08 (including walking to warm up and cool down). It went well, though I struggled to maintain a good pace. For training purposes, I'm trying to maintain a 10:15 pace for my running intervals during the tempo runs, but it was not happening in this run... I was either running at a 9:45 pace or a 10:30 pace. I am glad this is not rocket science.
Friday: Unplanned rest day because the day got away from me! Too busy shopping for a ball gown for Cinderella to be bothered to exercise. Sigh. My life is super hard.
Saturday: HIIT 25 and random ab work... meaning several of the moves from Ab Ripper X, but only 10 or so reps of each move instead of the 25 reps that Tony demands. My abs were still slightly sore from Wednesday, so I thought taking it down a notch would be okay. It was my first time trying HIIT 25, and I have to say, I didn't love it. I'll give it another chance when I'm more prepared for it (I was stressed on Saturday, and not really feeling the whole exercise thing), but the combos were more complicated, and you're working hard enough that complicated is just frustrating. I might have to work up to this one by doing HIIT 15 and HIIT 20 some more.
Sunday: The long run for this week (which is week three of the FIRST training plan) was 10 miles. I ended up cutting it a little short and doing 9.51 miles at an average pace of 12:29 (with warm up and cool down). I wanted to complete all ten miles, but I got out the door a little later than planned and the sun went down while I was out running. When I started the run, it was about 55 degrees and sunny outside, so I wore capris, a tech t-shirt, and sunglasses. Like a moron. Needless to say, when the sun went down, so did the temperature, and I was a struggling unit. By the time I hit 9 miles, it was getting very cold and very dark, so I decided one mile would not make or break me and went home. Overall, I was extremely happy with the way the run went - since the half marathon in October, the longest run I had done was 6 miles. There were some tough parts of this run (miles 5 and 6 were mostly uphill and right when the temperature started to drop) but as a whole, it went incredibly well. It did make me very tired though - I slept 10 hours last night! Maybe for each mile I run, I need an hour of sleep...