May Training Update – Amping Up the Cross Training

After the Cap 10K, I really felt like I needed a little bit of a mental break. I had a great race, but I’ve been training for one thing or another for quite awhile now. Even if you’re not perfect with training or staying on a consistent schedule, it’s still mentally taxing.

However, for my birthday, my husband got me the new Garmin Forerunner 735XT, which I absolutely love so far. Just having this updated piece of gear has helped me stay motivated without having a goal race in mind, because I’m able to learn more about my running with every workout. I feel like a completely different runner in a good way. I originally had the Forerunner 220 (newer model is here) before making the switch to the Vivosmart HR+, and liked the Forerunner with the exception of no activity tracking. Now that I’m back with the Forerunner series, I’m remembering how intuitive it is to use. There are so many more robust features (intervals, specific workouts like biking and swimming, recovery times, etc.) that I took for granted when I made the original transition to the Vivosmart series.

Basically, I’ve been playing around with different combinations of cross training (CT) and running, trying to rethink what schedule works for me to keep a little bit of variety in my life. Burnout is a real thing – I love running, but I don’t like it when I feel burned out, and CT helps with that.

Here’s how May shook out.

Total miles run in May: 20.2

Week of April 30:

2.1 mi. | yoga

I had a great run this week. I’ve been feeling strong on each run (even on the treadmill, I’ve been averaging 5.8 mph), and it’s been helpful to have my new watch. It assesses the perceived effect that each workout has on your cardiovascular training, so I can keep pushing myself to the next level.

Beautiful flowers from our Mother’s Day brunch with my MIL. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the amazing moms out there.

Week of May 7:

1.6 mi. | 2.1 mi.

I may have only clocked 3.7 miles this week, but I made each one count by pushing it a little bit with some speed intervals. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can to make it to the gym and make each workout count. Quality seems more important to me than quantity of workouts, and so far the data from my watch is backing that up.

My outfit: Tank | Tights | Shoes

Week of May 14:

3.1 mi. | body pump | 1.9 mi. | 3.1 mi.

Felt like I was getting back in the swing of things, and capped off my fit week with the Beef Team retreat over the weekend. It was a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed our 5K Sunday morning (even though the humidity was killer). Everyone is so encouraging.

Have I also told you guys how much I LOVE body pump? Talk about a killer workout. My arms have gotten so much stronger (even though I can barely make it through a class sometimes) since starting body pump.

Week of May 21:

2.9 mi.

I guess 8 miles the week prior was too much? I had some major elbow soreness from body pump that persisted for a week, so I definitely skipped out on strenuous CT. And then it was just a really busy week – I was on call for work, had to travel one evening, etc. and that didn’t leave much downtime, much less, workout time.

If there’s one thing I love about warm weather running, it’s the scent of honeysuckles/jasmine/whatever this is in the evening. It is intoxicating.

Week of May 28:

3.4 mi. | 5.4 mi.

3.4 miles in the 90-degree weather wasn’t as bad as you’d think, and it was awesome to be back outside for a run. Or at least, that’s the story I’m telling myself. Getting back home afterward, my face definitely told a different story. A coworker even saw me during my run as I looked like death, I found out the next day. Technically, this is June news, but I also put in my longest run since the 10K over the weekend, which felt surprisingly easy. Every time I have a good run like this, I wonder if I could qualify for Boston. Anyone else do this?

Cool graffiti on the trail last week.

The highlight has definitely been the last week, and it has reminded me how much I enjoy distance running. I don’t think I could be a strictly 5K runner – they’re just not long enough.

How did your month shake out? Cheers to warmer weather (and learning to tolerate it).

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