Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Running & Fitness Update
Do you know my favorite part about running lately? It's the fact that I haven't been running. Honestly. After our last half marathon three weeks ago, and all the injuries I was recovering from due to the full marathon we just ran a little over a month ago, my body has just been in need of a break from the pavement. Plus, when it's 20 degrees in the mornings here in Boise, there's no way you're getting me outside for a little morning jog. No way.
I've been hitting up the gym every single morning and working on lifting and high-intensity interval workouts instead. The change-up has been really nice! Instead of focusing on mileage, I'm working on decreasing my mile time on the treadmill, trying to churn the fastest mile possible—though I'm 100% sure that I'd run a faster mile if I was outside on the road versus in the gym. I've also been working on upping my basic fitness standards by focusing on push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and general weight lifting.
I didn't think that the change would affect me too much, but I have noticed that I can't eat absolutely everything in sight anymore. Well, scratch that—sure I can—I just can't eat quite as much as I was before. I have noticed a slight gain on the scale (5-6 pounds) but my clothes all still fit the same so let's just go ahead and say I'm gaining muscle, shall we? That makes me feel better, anyway.
So, not much running these days except for a warm-up on the treadmill in the mornings, putting myself to a test with a mile or mile and a half run, and an occasional sprint interval to finish up my workout. It has felt great and once the weather warms up just a bit I can't wait to get back out on the open road.
What's your training routine like these days? Am I the only one who feels like a normal—though fast—running pace on the road (say a 7:00-minute mile) feels like an absolute sprint on a treadmill?
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