Monday, March 12, 2012

Quality over Quantity

This week I changed things up a little bit with my training.  I feel like I have been doing a lot of junk miles lately so I wanted to have hard days followed by rest and / or true recovery days.  I feel like when I run to follow a plan I don't have what I need to give 100%. 

For reference, the plan called for 70 miles. 12, 6, 10, 22, 20 with Monday and Friday off and no particular guide for speed or intensity so I made up my own! ☺

So, here's how the week went...

5 miles - Spin bike
2 miles - Cool down run


7.5 miles - Lydle Gulch with Michelle 1000+ feet of elevation gain (I didn't have my watch and did a bit more)
9 miles - Treadmill 8:04 pace.  I had to finish up at home because it was so cold and windy

Active Recovery - 4 miles hiking doing a trail maintenance project in the Boise Ridge to Rivers trail system

11.7 miles - Running Boise Foothills  9:17 pace 1530 feet elevation

2.7 miles - Running at Eagle Island State Park.  Michelle was doing a 10 miler so I played with the kids on the beach then joined her for the last lap plus a bit.

14.3 miles - Running the Cascadia Route 9:02 pace 2425 feet elevation, immediately followed by...
6.2 miles - Running up the road to Robie Creek 10:11 pace 520 feet elevation

I feel like the day off on Tuesday and super light active recovery day on Thursday and Saturday made the Friday and Sunday runs quality efforts as opposed to logging miles while I feel horrible. I was still able to get in a bit of cross training on Monday which was a good thing too.  This week I may try to ride my bike on active recovery days and see how that goes.

Get out there and kick some butt!!

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