1. I think I've found a training plan that will work with my schedule. Since I'm focusing on rebuilding this year, I wanted to start with something basic, but challenging. And it needs to work with the time I have during the week to run. Runnersworld.com has a program called Smart Coach. Basically you plug in a recent race time, a race distance you are training for, how many miles you average per week and your desired intensity level. Since I didn't run many races last year and my last couple were in the heat of summer or had other reasons for not posting a great time, I ended up using my last great race, the Kennebec River Rail Trail 5K back in June when I got a PR. I was worried that this might also not be great one to use as a standard and the times to hit in the training plan would be too fast for my current fitness level, but it's the best I've got. I chose the Sugarloaf 15K in May as my goal race. I'm not sure at this point if I'll actually be running it, but it's a good middle-ground distance that I feel comfortable building toward. This plan has me running four times a week, up from my usual three, but I think I can handle getting up early one day a week to run...in this case is tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes! Anyway, the mileage and paces are totally doable and seem to focus on easy running with a day of tempo or speed work once a week.
2. The freezing temperatures are back and a tempo run was on the training plan for today. I decided to hit up the local gym and run on a treadmill. It's a small gym with mostly older equipment, but it is relatively inexpensive. Actually today they said I didn't have to pay at all since it was my first time there! So the guy at the desk tells me where the locker room and cardio rooms are and I head to the locker room to hang up my jacket and then head up to find a treadmill. I was thinking, "hmm...that's kind of funny that there is only one locker room." More on this in a minute. So in the cardio room there is a row of ellipticals on one wall, a row of bikes on the opposite wall, and five treadmills along the back wall. Three of them seriously must be 20-something years old and I wonder how fast they would actually go. Anyway, all were free so I got on a newer one that was pretty nice and started out at an easy pace for a one mile warm up. Then three tempo miles at 8:11 pace. They were actually 8:12 pace because of how the mileage converts, but close enough. I felt super strong for all three and then had a one mile cool down. Success! So I head back to the locker room to collect my belongings and now see on the door "MEN". Oops! Someone was in there, but not in the first room so I snuck in really quick and ran out without getting caught. Yeah, I had to walk a little further to get to the women's locker room. It all makes sense now! I didn't take any pictures on the treadmill since there were other people in there and I'm self-conscious like that.
|So THIS is the correct locker room!|
3. I don't really have much else to report other than reminding you to enter my Core Power Fit Kit Giveaway!