I just finished my first full week of training for the season. A piriformis injury and then bronchitis kept me running only on and off through the spring and first part of the summer. But it feels so great to dust out the cobwebs and really go hard. Here is the breakdown:
Monday: Strength training, Nike Training Club, 30 minutes medium difficulty.
Tuesday: 20 minute easy run.
Wednesday: 30 minute easy run.
Friday: 20 minute easy run.
Saturday: 3 x 1000m hard.
I was planning on doing five sets on that interval workout, but it was 97 degrees at the time of the run so I had to cut it short. It has been wicked hot here in Utah and I'm still trying to get used to the heat.
Thanks to my new Garmin Forerunner 10 I know exactly how far I ran this week (9.05 miles.) I feel like this is a good place to start my training. I'm moderately strong, have decent aerobic capabilities, and basic flexibility, so I can use the next few months to build off of that and develop some speed.
The heat has made me realize that I'm not really going to be setting any PR's until we get a decently cool day (I know race starts are early, but it's still like 80 degrees when I wake up so that's not gonna help much.) So my plan is train hard for the next two months, then in the fall when the temperature starts to drop get in some races and see what I can pull off. I really want to do a cross country race (not a road or trail race) like we did in high school, but I don't know how many of those are open to the general public, so I'll need to do some sleuthing.