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The enjoyment of NOT running

Coming off two injuries, I’ve completely revamped my training this summer. And so far, I’m feeling much better because of it. Simply put, I’ve taken the pressure off myself to run. My rules are simple — run four times a week with only one set of back-to-back running days a week. There is absolutely no running three days in a row either. Lastly, cross training finally means something.

The set up is pretty much this: Monday is for cross training; easy run on Tuesday; speed work on Wednesday; Thursday is for cross training (or rest); moderately paced run on Fridays; rest/very easy workout on Saturday; and Sunday is for my long run. Throughout this summer I will vary things, but this thought process pretty much works for me. I hate running three days in a row. When I have in the past, I always feel pretty worthless by that third day.

Adding in biking and weight lifting in this first month puts my mind at ease. Today I went out for a walk with my dog and it felt nice to know I wasn’t going to run at all. In the past I would’ve been itching to get in an extra mile or so on an “off” day, but that mind frame is gone. And it’s very liberating …

Workouts since last post
June 27: Walk – 1.2; Run – 4.5
June 28: Walk – 2; Ab workout – 1:30 total plank; 75 set ups on Bosu ball; 25 crunches with home gym

  1. Jason
    June 29, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Last year I did 4 runs per week and it was great. This year I’m going for 5 days a week with 3 back-to-back. We’ll see how it goes. So far it’s been good.

  2. Jason
    June 29, 2008 at 1:01 am

    One more thing…I learned today that one french fry has less calories than one Pringle.

    Thought I’d let you know as I know how much you like fries 🙂

  3. D10
    June 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Last summer all I did was run and I began to dread runs. This year I have incorporated cross training and some speed/hill workout once a week. I can really tell the difference, my runs are much more productive and I am not just going through the motions.

  4. Emily B.
    June 30, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I think you’ve got the right idea, especially for the months where it’s so hot you can really burn yourself out easily. After my last half all I wanted to do was enjoy running again, and now I do, by running fewer days of the week and incorporating some new activities, like a summer ballet class. It makes me look forward to my runs again. Have fun with your training. Sorry about the B52s.

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