Total Running Miles: 17.04
3/25/12 walked Ada the Dog 1 mile+
3/27/12 Level 1 Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred 5 lbs
3/29/12 Level 2 Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred 5 lbs
Thoughts: I may have jumped a little too enthusiastically into training. My legs have had the tough-workout-ache all week. Yes, even when I took days off they still ached. I also have been re-thinking my speed. I was surprised to realize how much slower I’ve gotten, so have been pushing myself to go faster (that 8:36 pace on the 6.51 miler took a lot of pushing), and have learned that I shouldn’t be doing that. Apparently I’m supposed to relax and just push myself when my training plan tells me to.
Also, I’m super bad at speed work – see my run on 3/27/12? Yeah, that was split into 4 quarter miles with walking in between. I was supposed to do 6 sets, but after 4 I was done. I didn’t realize at the time how ridiculously fast I was going. I think I can have some better success with the speed work if I can learn to pace myself at about 7:30/mile rather than 5:30/mile! I’ll keep trying at that.
Pre-wedding, Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred helped me get in shape. I could do all levels with 5 lbs, and would use 10 lbs for some of the moves on Levels 1 & 2. I can’t so much do that anymore…I even cheated on Level 2 this week, and when it came time for the second set of chair-raise-v-flies, I did a different arm move. I couldn’t push myself to do it.
Conclusion: I may need to slow myself down! I’m still surprised by how out of shape I am so I try to compensate by forcing myself to go faster. But in the past when I was faster than I am now, I didn’t push myself at all, I just did what felt natural.