With the appearance of April, it kicked off Kick Ass April - something that has been fun to force my coworker into doing with me (in the office no less). On Monday, I had a chiropractor appointment so decided to walk over to the clinic and then run the long way home. My knee nagged me a bit, but I was otherwise running strong and pain free.
Wednesday, I was still on a high from Monday's run so thought I would attempt some treadmill hills. BIG MISTAKE! 1k in, I was cursing my IT Band and had to finish that workout on the bike.
That was where I had a breakthrough. I decided that my treadmill is going to be retired for the summer and I will try to figure out what I am doing wrong before next winter. I love having it, but I am OBVIOUSLY doing something very wrong. I am going to have hubby film me running on the street and then on the mill so I can figure out where I need to adjust my form. At least it is now nice enough to run outside..
A chance click on Daily Mile led me to my next breakthrough. I happened to click over to see my training stats and then scrolled over to see the mileage on my shoes. My Asics were at 400km. Now - everything I have read says you should replace between 500 and 800k...but I've never gotten over 400 out of any shoes. So, off to the store I went and bought myself a new pair.
Sunday was the test...18K. The longest I have run since my marathon. I met up with JS and totally rocked a pain free run. No more naggy knees! I feel like a rockstar and can't wait to rock the rest of my training this month!
Here was what my week looked like:
Monday: 5K run, 40 mins bike, KAA
Tuesday: Off, KAA
Wednesday:1k run and 25mins bike, KAA
Thursday: 35min walk, KAA
Friday: Off, KAASaturday: Off
Sunday: 18K run, KAA
It's hard to believe that in 4 weeks time, Vancouver Marathon will be in the past!!!
And just to add in a bit about my progress on the Ready for Summer Challenge - week 2 went well (ish). Easter candy and houseguests (ie: eating out) were the bane of my diet, but my meal plan helped me knock that weight down a pound. I am officially back in the 160s! WOOT! I was not as consistent with the workouts, but I did get my Kick Ass April in each day and a couple of bike sessions so I wasn't a total slacker. The pleasant pain in my posterior tells me I am doing something right so maybe I can channel this into regular strength training for myself!
This week's goals for the challenge:
- Stick to the meal plan
- Take the stairs everyday at work (I did this on week 1 as well - it's kind of a personal challenge for April)
- No candy
- and a spending challenge - no buying any more running gear. I didn't suddenly become a millionaire and the last couple of weeks, I've been buying too much. Now I need to just wait for the stuff I bought online to arrive :)
For past weeks on my Run Van journey, check out the links below: