Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I may be jinxing myself, buuuuuuut......

...I kind of want to start counting training weeks? Even though I'm still doing more elliptical than running & only just cut out walk breaks? Don't get me wrong, I'm still taking things super carefully, but it's been a long time since I had any pain walking or running at all, and I finally feel like I'm making real progress towards normality.

So. Here we go. Week 1, such as it was.

~*~*~CIM WEEK 1 OF 11~*~*~
    * 8 walk/run
    * 2.5 hours elliptical
    * 1.5 hours strength work

Monday: afternoon 30:00 strength work & 30:00 easy elliptical / p.m. karate

    My plan was to do my strength work in the morning as usual, but a wicked bout of insomnia put the kibosh on that. Instead I went to the gym after work. I'm trying to ease my way back into strength work, but MAN, apparently I packed a lot into that half-hour because for the next few days I was sore as you know what.

Tuesday: elliptical "speed work": 10:00 warm up, 6 x 0:45 hard/1:45 easy, 17:00 marathon pace effort, 6x(0:45 hard/1:45 easy), 10:00 cool down. Translating pace workouts into elliptical ones is a true art, my friend.

Wednesday: a.m. strength work / afternoon 8 x 5:00 run/1:00 walk = 4.4 miles / p.m. karate

    This was a bit longer/further than I intended because I did the math wrong in my head. I'd intended to keep things in the 30-40 minute range, and I didn't realize I'd made a mistake until I realized I was over 2 miles from home & not even at the halfway point. The good news is that I didn't have any pain during or after, so that's something. If anything, it's karate that's still bugging my left leg. (Impact = no big deal. Twisting/torquing = ehhhhh kind of a deal.)

Thursday: 1 hour easy elliptical. BARF.

Friday: a.m. strength work / p.m. elliptical "tempo run" Failure

    This entire day was a logistical fail thanks to work. I had to be in a wide range of places geographically & there was no time during the day that I could get to the gym (which is by my office, 30 miles from home). I've had a number of days like & they always make me consider potentially joining a gym by my house as well so I can have access to an elliptical or bike.

    Eh, at least Stanford won.

Saturday: 6 x 8:00 run/1:00 walk = 3.6 miles. More like what I meant to do on Wednesday. So far, so good!

Sunday: Rest. Again with the need for elliptical access near my house. You don't really need rest days when your week includes less than an hour of running and five hours of elliptical.

Overall, pretty decent on the running front, but I wish I'd been able to get in a couple more hours of elliptical. (I mean. I don't, really, but long term, it would have been in my best interest training-wise.)


  1. Good to hear you are getting back into your running schedule.

    Talking of jinxing's hoping that all this El Nino discussion doesn't bring a repeat of the 26.2 mile 'CIM Swim' of 2012. Maybe add some pool laps to your training ;) ?

    1. Running CIM this year and a "CIM Swim" is my (current) nightmare...

  2. Glad to hear you're feeling well enough for training logs again! Hope things keep improving.

  3. No pain = getting better in my books. All good news here.