In high school, one of my favorite track workouts was the ladder. We would run:
100m (basically an all-out sprint)
800m (half-mile) 1600m (mile) 800m
Throughout the workout, I varied my break time to be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute.
So since I’m not training for anything specific right now, this is the exact workout I did yesterday! It’s so fun and honestly goes by so fast. Ladders are a great way to mix things up and they really get your legs moving — which is great if want to work on speed!
I warmed up by talking Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then did some strides down the street.
Since we’re in the process of moving, my beloved (and sometimes dreaded) treadmill is in storage. So I’m doing this workout down the streets in my parent’s subdivision. Each street is .25 miles so it’s pretty easy to gauge how far I’m running. I really wish I had a track to run, but this will do for now.
It’s so fun to run freely without a training plan. I think for now I’m going to take a few weeks to do random workouts and runs of varying distances before starting a new training plan. I might be flirting with the idea of a fall half marathon?! 😉
Happy Saturday, friends! I know there is usually radio silence on the blog over the weekend and lately there hasn’t been much talk of running, but today I am changing both!
While my plan is still run a half marathon sometime in the next 3-4 months, I am also wanting to work on my speed, so I am also looking at some 5k training plans. Right now my mindset is to not be too strict or hard on myself and run to have fun and be healthy. For a while I got burnt out on running and felt like I had to constantly be running 5-10 miles a day in order to be a real runner.
Anyways. Back to the 5k training plan.
My favorite badass lady Kelly Roberts is currently promoting some 5ks plans and I am loving them! While I am training for a fall half marathon, I love not being super strict and having fun with my runs. Plus, since I am needing to work on speed anyways, this 5k plan should help with that too!
This post is NOT sponsored by NordicTrack. I just really love this product and want to share it with you all.
Short version: I LOVE MY TREADMILL. Uphill, downhill, easy to use.
Longer version: For Christmas I got a NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill. My husband and I had been researching treadmills for a while and we knew we wanted a NordicTrack. They seemed to have the best motors, easy to use and most of the reviews we read were pretty positive.
Even though it probably wasn’t the best idea, Ryan put the entire thing together BY HIMSELF. So it can be done solo.
It’s simple and easy to use and has a large touchscreen which I like. Sometimes it doesn’t react the first time I swipe or touch it, but other than it works great. I like that I can the screens to see a track view of my running, an info screen of calories, distance, pace, etc and an elevation and speed screen.
If you have anymore questions about this specific treadmill, let me know! We got it for a great deal during Black Friday, but two weeks into using it and I already think it is worth every penny.
I love getting to run at home and anytime I want. Here’s to 2017 and my running goals!
10 weeks into half marathon training and my race gets cancelled. NOT COOL.
Unlike a lot of running bloggers I follow, I don’t live in a big city where literally thousands of people sign up for road races. I would say anywhere from 75-150 participants is a good number for Owensboro races.
The biggest thing that makes me mad is I found out the race was cancelled because I’m a part of a local running Facebook group. Owensboro Parks & Rec (the ones who are sponsoring it) had NOTHING on their FB page or website. I had to call them to make sure it was true. They said they cancelled the race due to “lack of participation.”
So while I know my training wasn’t a waste, it’s a bummer to not run this race, which I’ve been looking forward to for months. The only good thing is this gives me more time to train and work on getting my time down — I’m still wanting that sub-2 half.
So now the search for my next race begins, the next closest half is an hour away and on the week I’m out of town. Other than that, I don’t know of a half marathon until April and it’s two hours away.
I didn’t want this post to seem like a pity party for myself, but it sucks that my race got cancelled. I’ve been training my butt off all summer and was so excited to be racing again. I know there are so many other real problems in the world, that this doesn’t even compare.
The good news is I’m in pretty great shape and will only continue to work harder until the next race pops up on my calendar.