I am going to keep a weekly training log here as I prepare for the Tel Aviv Half Marathon on April 8, 2011. I hope it will be interesting even if you are not a runner. (yet!)
First of all, yes, there are only 14 weeks until April 8th. And that means 15 weeks until Pesach! So those of you who are still thinking “The summer’s a long way off, I have plenty of time to lose this winter weight… ahem… wake up call, you do NOT!
Secondly, yes I know I am an idiot to be living in a metric country and still logging in miles and miles per hour. I also understand that because I am sill thinking in miles, if my training computer does not work on race day, as often happens due to interference from other people’s units, that I will be pacing myself totally blind. I am just being stubborn and clinging to old ways, similar to my resistance to speaking the actual language of the country I have been living in for 3 years. I know, I know… I will take my penance at the bottom of the page…
Weekly Training Re-cap:
Sunday, Jan 2nd: 60 minutes Spinning
Monday, Jan 3rd: 60 minutes Speed work 4 x 400 (4.76 miles total)
Tuesday, Jan 4th: Strength Training Body Weight and Dumbells
Wednesday, Jan 5th: 65 minutes Tempo Run (5.66 miles total)
Thursday, Jan 6th: I usually Spin on Thursday but took it as a Rest Day
Friday, Jan 7th: 78 minute Distance Run (7.02 miles total)
Saturday, Jan 8th: Rest Day
Mileage Total: 17.44 miles (Google says that 28km)
Weekly Reflections: This was a tough week physically. Last week I had a sinus infection and didn’t work out at all. December in general was not great health wise and I put on a kilo which makes me feel pretty heavy and sluggish. My knees hurt, one of my hamstrings is protesting, and the dreaded plantar fascitis is tingling. I HATE running fast! I like plodding along peacefully. Whine, whine, whine. But my next run is not until Monday and I am Detoxing with the 30-Day Detox Group I’m leading, so in a few days I expect to be feeling stronger.
Training Fuel Highlights: Amaranth! A grain that is actually a seed, amaranth cooks up as a gloppy, yummy porridge. With 28 grams of protein in one cup, twice the calcium of a glass of milk(!), five times as much iron as wheat, gluten-free and packed with poly-unsaturated fats, we should all be getting more amaranth in our diets! Aside from the amaranth, I ate lots of oats, green drinks and green smoothies, loads of salad, roast veggies, lentil soup, chick peas, tofu and seitan.
Training Song of the Week: OK, I deserve this one. (Warning for tender-ears: Billie drops an F-bomb in the first few seconds of this)