Running Against the Wind
It was my first week of outdoor running and I must say, it felt great to finally be outside and off the treadmill. My first two runs of the week were only three and a half miles long but it was all hill running. My neighborhood streets are very steep, it’s perfect for training. Usually I’d prefer a nice, flat surface but I’ve seen the local cross country teams train on these hills and figured there has to be something to it. Well, there is. Running hills, while not necessarily fun at all helps you get in shape faster. It certainly helped when I trained for my second half marathon. I believe it helped build stamina and endurance quicker than if I had merely jogged on a flat surface.
Sunday was my long run day. I didn’t know how far I’d actually go but knew it had to be longer than five miles. It was brutal outside, with the wind seemingly blowing against me the entire first half of my run. My head kept telling me to stop and turn around, just take a break. Instead I decided to push through. For some reason during that time I also had the Bob Seger song “Against The Wind,” in my head. Not for sentimental value, just because I was running against the darn wind.
Finally, I made it to the half way point and turned around. The second leg of my run was so much better. I had the wind at my back and it felt like it was carrying me to my destination. It wasn’t that the wind was really that strong but rather because it wasn’t pelting my face, it made the next few miles not as daunting.
As I ran up the final hill up to my house, I really didn’t have a clue how far I had run. As tired as I was, I felt I still had a little more energy left in me and that I could have went further. I decided it wasn’t best to test my luck. After all, I still had to be able to get out of bed for work the next morning. When I got inside, I looked at my FitBit and saw that I had ran 7.91 miles. Oh so close to 8 miles. Even though I didn’t do the entire 8 miles, I was pleased with how far I went without walking.
Here is a rundown of Monday-Sunday
Monday – Three and a half miles running hills. It was actually the first nice and warm day of the year. It almost made me forget how much my legs were burning.
Tuesday – Situps, pushups, among other core exercises
Wednesday – Took a walk around the neighborhood.
Thursday – Rest day.
Friday – Rest day.
Saturday – Ran the same route that I did Monday. This time it was a lot colder out which made think about the weather and my legs.
Sunday – Ran 7.91 miles, my longest run yet. I believe I am well on pace to being able to have complete a marathon by October.
Here’s a rundown of some of the foods I ate this past week. It’s not everything I had but just some of the basics so you can get an idea. You will see many of the same items from week to week.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberries, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Fruit Smoothies.
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Cutlets, Vegetables, Sweet Potato Chips Cauliflower and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Dinner: Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce, Ground Turkey and Black Beans, Breaded Chicken Cutlets, and Eggplant Parmesan.
Snack: Pistachios, Almonds, Trail Mix, Yogurt Parfait, Bananas, Lara Bar Greek Yogurt, and Almond Milk.
This is the second week in a row that I have maintained my weight and holding steady at 185 pounds. It seems like I am doing something right with my eating. I was a little nervous stepping on the scale after running hills and the long distance but it turns out that the extra protein and carbs are helping.
I will continue to combine sprints and hill running into my routine this next week. These are two areas I believe are making a big impact. One thing I can’t forget to continue to do is lift during my training. That has been slipping a lot lately and I need to get back on board.
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