I'm going to get the negative news out of the way. First off I've not been getting in control of my cross training. I think I've had such an addiction to running and simply can't get through my thick skull that I need to do other things than run. So far I've committed to training less, by training I mean running. According to Bill Pierce and Scott Murr it's all possible. I've not read the book, but according to the title, you can even be faster. No, really, the reason that I'm running less is so I don't continue to have issues with my IT band. I had committed while training for my marathon to run 3 days per week and cross train 2 days per week which were reserved for yoga and core work. So far, I've done yoga once and never anything else except for running. I really need to work on that in the coming weeks.
That being said, my training really has gone quite well given the temperatures I've been training in and the paces I've been running. The week started out on Saturday with a 5-miler in some abnormal weather for the Chicagoland area. We had a 50 degree day and with my run already planned, there was no chance in hell I was going to miss out on this run. I've also been trying to mix up the routes so I dont get bored. Part of the problem is that there are only 3 ways out of my neighborhood, two of which are right next to each other and one is right by my house. The three of them really lead to only 2 main roads so I have to mix it up somewhere else around the route.
|5-Mile Run - January 12, 2013|
I felt a little too good I think heading out clocking my first mile at 8:52 and slowing it down partially due to ice for the next 2 miles clocked at 9:46 and 9:23 respectively. I felt the burnout in the fourth mile with a 10:17 pace, most likely from heading out a bit too quickly and finally back down to 9:45 for the fifth mile. You'll see the large fluctuations represented in the yellow/orange colors in the map.
|4-Mile Run - January 14, 2013|
|5-Miler - January 17, 2013|
I'm looking forward to making a commitment during this next week to really get doing yoga and core training. Hopefully having to write about this will help with motivation.