It’s on like Donkey Kong.
Everything is aligning nicely. The weather has been a little cooler, thanks to all the summer storms. Mr PugRunner did his first bridge run on Sunday (And rocked it, if I may say. Let’s all give him a hand!), which gave me the chance for a Monday-Wednesday-Friday training schedule this week. That’s my favorite way to do it. I’m also planning a bridge run for the weekend, but we’ll see.
After all, Jaguars training camp starts up, and we need to be out there, cheering on our team. (Can I get an “Oh, yeah!” for football season?)
Last Monday, I did Week 5, Day 1 of the 5-10K training. Yesterday, I was going to repeat that, but the Day 2 plan was just a few minutes longer, so I decided to forge ahead. I needed to complete a 5:00 warm up, a 10:00 steady run and then four sets of 1:00 fast run/1:00 jog before wrapping with a 5:00 cool down. I figured I didn’t need to push my hardest during the fast runs, but I would still get the benefit of the combined 28 minutes.
For the most part, I did well. I was super tense, and it showed in my arms. I had a hard time letting go enough to stop clenching them up close to my shoulders with balled fists. I could feel tightness across the back of my shoulders, and I really had to focus on relaxing.
The breathing was alright, too. Not great, especially with the humidity, but I didn’t need to stop or walk. Small victories.
I was only .1 mile slower than when I first completed this particular workout, which made me incredibly happy. So happy that I managed another self-portrait. I don’t like posting without pictures and there wasn’t anything else I photographed on or before my run.
Before showering, I threw in a plank, and I promised myself that I will get back to doing these daily (or close to it). There’s really no reason not to.
I’m looking forward to Wednesday. It’s going to be a little bit of a longer run, but go big or go home, right?
What part of your form do you find yourself needing to work on the most?
What’s the mantra that gets you the most pumped?