Jun 22, 2015

Training Recap: Week One (June 15-June 21)

I survived my first week training with my new running coach. I was really nervous about starting my new training plan this past week because I wasn't sure if I could hot all the paces. I did not run a lot of miles but strength training combined with the running made my legs feel like I did. My legs were a little sore this week but nothing that I could not  work through. I have to say that being sore beats being in pain. It is a totally different feeling and my hip did not hurt at all this week. I am not sure I should even say that. Fingers crossed.

I have signed up for a few more races to add into my training cycle and I am excited but nervous about the goals that my coach will set for me. I signed up for a 5K and another half marathon so as those races approach my coach will set my goals for those races. I am looking at a November-December marathon as my goal race but will have to see if I am ready as the time approaches. I am already registered for Revel Canyon City so that may be the race. I want to stay local if possible but the elevation drop at Canyon City is pretty scary .

Week One went really well but I think that my coach took it easy on me and then it is going to just get harder from here on out. Here is a recap of my training for Week One:

Monday: Strength Training: training with a physio ball is harder than I thought and it a great option for strength training. Using the equipment I have at home changes things up and also makes it convenient for me if I can't make it to the gym.

Tuesday: 4.26 Miles Speedwork: I am not a big fan of speedwork but I know it is the only way to get faster. I am going to commit to going to the track on Tuesday nights once it cools down a little. I like the surface on the track and I like the idea of changing things up. My running club goes to the track every Tuesday so I also have the option of meeting up with them.

Wednesday: Strength Training

Thursday: 5 Miles @8:23

Friday: Rest/Strength Training/Cross Training of Choice. Friday is my "day of choice." I decided to go to the gym with my other half for more strength training because I know I need it. I feel kind of weird doing weights at the gym since there is nothing but men in the weight area so I feel more comfortable when he works out with me.

Saturday: 10 Miles-One thing that I have to work on is running my longer runs at an easier pace. I have a hard time with that because I want to be done especially during the summer months. I have to really slow myself down and I feel like I am barely moving at times. I wish my goal marathon pace felt that way for 26.2 miles!

Sunday: REST DAY- I was really looking forward to my rest day. My legs were feeling pretty tired and I needed it! We celebrated Father's Day and shared this amazingly delicious peach crumble! Life is Good!


My coach sends my training schedule two weeks at a time to give me a chance to review it, ask questions and work it into my schedule. I do have some flexibility with my training but I am trying to stick to it as closely as possible. I will be back next week to let you know how things go. Have a great week! Here are some questions for you too.

Do you mind being one of the only women in the weight training area of the gym?

Are  you training for anything?

Speedwork: Love it? Hate it?


  1. I do love being in the weight room but I feel like I work even harder to prove I should be there amongst the men!! Great week! Love that speed work!

    1. I feel like they are all watching me because I am not doing things correctly. I have been taking my other half with me and he helps me out so maybe in the future I will feel more comfortable being with the boys all by myself lol! I am learning to love speedwork at the track!

  2. I'm excited to see how you like training with a coach and also how it affects your performance! I will be doing the same for Revel, but I'm not diving into it quite yet.

    I love speed work, but it rapidly pushes me into injury. I'm still working on finding that right amount.

    1. I am learning to love speedwork. For me, the key has been to start with the shorter distances on the speedwork and slowly working my way to longer sessions and distances. Hope to see you at Revel Canyon!

  3. I don't mind so much being the only woman in the weight training area but I have to say that I love it when the weight training area is not so crowded so that I can go in and get what I need to do done and get out. When it is crowded, you have to wait around for someone to finish or what's worse is when someone piles on a bunch of 45lb plates and do not re-rack. That pisses me off to no end. Also, I love speed-work. It really makes me feel alive. Until it makes me feel like death.

    1. My coach has my doing these Strength Training Circuits and it is really hard to do them when the gym is crowded because of the wait for the equipment. I dislike that too. I have never been a big fan of speedwork but I am slowing easing my way into it and so far so good.