training for the salt lake half marathon has begun, and week one was pretty good. the week consisted of an interval run on monday, cross training on tuesday, easy run on wednesday, tempo run on thursday, and a 10 miler on saturday.
i really appreciated the structure this training schedule gave me this week. every day had a purpose with "something" to check off the list.
reflecting on the runs this week i was reminded of two things: 1) take easy runs easy and 2) treadmills suck, trails rule. wednesday was supposed to be an "easy" run, but maren had posted an awesome 5K time on nikeplus, so i had to at least try and answer her time. (i'm still behind her by at least 2 minutes!) consequently, my tempo run on thursday suffered. also, all of my runs were on the treadmill this week, with the exception of saturday. saturday jona and i headed to umstead park in cary (for those of you in the bay area, imagine a bigger rancho san antonio). it was such a refreshing run. i love being outside and breathing (hard) in the fresh air. this was a hilly course, and we both finished really strong. the reason? hard work doing intervals and tempo runs during the week, and not eating junk food. it's an amazing formula.
monday will begin a new week. harder interval and tempo schedule. bring it on. have an awesome week running.