I’m baaaaaaack!!! Did y’all miss me? I know, inquiring minds want to know: did I do any running while I was in Taiwan? The answer is: yes. I ran twice, about 1.5-2 miles each time and I was slow as molasses. I also climbed a lot of stairs (both hiking and at the metro) in order to ensure that my leg muscles wouldn’t atrophy after weeks of non-use. But honestly, it was so darn hot and humid most of the time, and there were so few enticing places to run that I lacked the motivation. Once, we ran in the (light) rain and I could not tell the difference between the rain and my sweat. I was drenched. Never will I complain about Bay Area running weather ever again!!
We got back Monday and let’s just say… 3 weeks off from running makes a world of difference. My cardio base is way off from where it was. Not very surprising, given that I didn’t really exercise and that I basically carb loaded for 3 whole weeks. Well, there’s no time like the present to get in shape girl! Not to mention that there’s a marathon that I need to train for, STAT.
Before I go on, a few words about my marathon training plan. I’m basing it on Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan. My blogosphere pal Dominick has been training for his first marathon with it, so I decided to check it out. I like that it’s fairly low mileage and includes one day of cross training. I’m basically following the plan, with a few exceptions:
1. Long run on Sunday instead of Saturday.
2. I plan on doing 2x 20+ mile runs (run + walk), with the highest mileage at 25 miles. I know that might sound crazy, but I feel it’s best for me (and my confidence) to cover more than 20 miles a couple of times before the race.
3. Two days of cross training instead of one. Cross training will help me with strengthening, injury prevention, and (hopefully) preventing burnout. Two days of cross training will allow me to focus one day on cardio (elliptical, spinning, swimming) and another day on toning and stretching (yoga, pilates).
Without further ado, CIM training week 1!
Mon: Back in the USA! Rest, obviously.
Tues: Return to Lake Merritt. Given how strenuous this felt, I thought it should have been a faster pace. Oh well, gotta start somewhere!
Stats: 3.3 miles @ 9:44/mile
Thurs: Return to Tilden with the Gypsy Runner. We were both craving Berkeley Bagels, so we decided to make an unusual weekday morning trek to Berkeley. It was so worth it! Also I love this loop: Meadows Canyon + Curran + Wildcat Gorge trails.
Stats: 2.9 miles @ 11:36/mile
Sat: Joined the local YMCA to start my cross training regimen!
Stats: 33 minutes on the elliptical + 10 minutes on the rowing machine
Sun: Long run: 6 miles around Lake Merritt. First 1-1.5 miles were with the Gypsy Runner. We met up with KH. Then, the Gypsy Runner took off and KH and I ran one lap together around the lake, and I finished the 6 miles alone. Thank goodness for those two, or else this run would have been torture. I forgot how hard 6 miles can be when you haven’t done it in a while! Also, my right hip was bugging me a little. Hopefully that will go away soon.
Stats: 6.0 miles @ 10:03/mile
WEEKLY TOTAL: 12.2 miles + 43 min cross training
How I feel about it: Meh. OK for a first week back. B