Stressful Times

These past couple of weeks have been extremely stressful. Between work, buying the house, and everyday life, my world has been absolutely ridiculous. It's affected my mental well being and prevented me from actually completing my workouts.

I did start my workout plan, but couldn't get my two a day workouts in. I did manage to get four of the workouts in, but I missed three of them.

My hill workout was ridiculously hard!! My first minute in, I was already profusely sweating and out of breath. After completing it, I could already feel my muscles screaming at me. I was sore for about two days. The next day I decided to join a local run group for my "easy run." For those of you who know me, none of my runs are ever easy runs. We ended up doing 3.5 miles and by the time I was done my whole shirt was drenched with sweat. The group was big and had different pace groups which will definitely push me. The group stretched before the run and gave out free samples after the run. Overall, it was a solid running group and I'm already looking forward to next week. I took the next two days off  but got my tempo run in on Saturday. I ended up getting in 2.5 miles at 20 minutes.

I must admit, that I always used the word tempo runs, but never quite understood it. I figured I should probably read up about it if I was going to attempt to try it. Tempo runs are actually the type of training a runs that Kenyan athletes train by. These runs are aimed to train an individual at an "uncomfortable pace." This uncomfortable pace is anywhere between 30 seconds to 2 minutes more than your 5k pace (if you're training for a 5k). Now the more uncomfortable the pace, the more efficient you become cardio-wise. I definitely got my butt kicked.

Tomorrow, I start again, hopefully with no interruptions. Also, I'm hoping to get the house closed on Wednesday. Fingers-crossed.

Back from a Week Off!!

I actually took a break last week. Work was ridiculously crazy and I was dead tired after work every day. So I decided that I would take a break from all sorts of working out. Not only did I not do any sorts of any physical activity, but I ate ridiculously horrible. I figured I might as well shock my system :)

And so today I'm back :) I found a new 10 week workout plan that is geared for those runners who participate in a lot of 5Ks. Here is the link to the page:

After not working out for a week, I must admit it felt nice to get my blood pumping. I wanted to get an early workout in an so I started the first day of my training plan. Today's workout called for an "easy run" that is 30 seconds to 2 minutes slower than your targeted 5K time. I'm not sure of my exact splits, but I know that my first mile was done at about 8:30. All together I did 3.54 in 30 minutes, which is about what I wanted to run today. Not only did I get a run in, but I managed to do a Jillian's Michael Revolution DVD in the afternoon. Since I've decided to restart my crazy workouts, I figured I might as well get some strength training in as well. This week I want to try to manage to do two a day workouts, since this training plan will be getting harder in the next couple of week. Then starting next week I will start incorporating my triathlon training since my next tri is coming up at the end of June.

I must admit that taking a break from running and strength workouts was probably a smart idea. I train year round and constantly feel the aches and pains from all of my workouts. In all those running magazines they always talk about taking some time off, but I figured why take time off when I felt great... Wrong... It's good to let your body recover and sleep in a weekend or two a year lol. Now, I'm not going to get crazy and take off from working out once every couple of months, but I might try to aim to take off a week once a year lol.

I want to wake up early tomorrow and get my strength training done in the morning. Tomorrow afternoon I will try to undertake the hills at a park nearby. Let's just see how it goes :)
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