Monday, July 11, 2011

Cross Training and Adding On!

*I'm happy to report I'm back up to an amazing 25 miles of running last week with my long run now at 8 miles.  Ha! 
It's a process, and I'm cautious!
*I walked 1 mile, I biked 17 miles, I completed 6 days of Supreme 90 day, and 2 yoga classes
*I'm really liking the Supreme 90 day workouts ($20.00 at Bed Bath & Beyond),  and I feel like it's making me stronger on my runs.  I like that the workouts are fast paced, and 30-40 min.  I like the variety of the workouts each day too.
*I'm making progress with (free calories in, calories out tracking system)  It's working!
*I will continue to increase my mileage, with some step back/recovery weeks in the mix. 
*7 weeks until Tupelo 26.2 training run, 13 weeks until Mt. Desert, ME 26.2 hilly training++ run, and 20 weeks until Baton Rouge 26.2 mile race.   I'm thinking my goal race will be Baton Rouge (or Stennis if the weather is perfect), so I have PLENTY of time.  I'm enjoying the no pressure training with lots of cross added in. 
*This week, I will move my long runs from the flat lands of South LA,  to the hills of South MS.  Tupelo and MDI will both be challenging races, so I need the long runs to be on hills.
As I ran this section, I heard several "critters" too close to the road.  Scary because I have seen dead alligators  near the edge of the road.  Eeeeek~!
Yeah, I outran this!
I will be joining Amanda over at Run To the Finish in celebrating her 30th birthday with a 3 mile run.  Join Us!  A great way to celebrate Amanda's day, and get in a good training run. 
Details on her site, but the run can be anytime Aug. 10th-15th. 

I love this time of year, with the mileage going up, the training intensity on the way up, fitness level slowly rising.  Thankfully, in the past couple of years, I have grown to LOVE the summer training.  This year, I love it more than ever!  
Fun weeks ahead! 


Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

hot dang two warm up 26.2 milers :) I tend to space mine roughly a year apart, ha! ok not that bad.

thanks for the shout out!! wohoo

Amanda@runninghood said...

Good for your for being cautious but also enjoying the process! 26.2 training run? Girl, you are speaking another language here. ha! :) But as always, you have me inspired and Happy!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

An alligator is one animal I haven't seen dead on the side of the road - yet. Sometimes I run with pepper-spray, but I'd be too scared to pepper-spray a live one close enough to make a difference!

HappyTrails said...

No pressure training = FUN! It certainly is nice to mix it up a bit - I always enjoy my weekly bike ride - switching it up keeps us fresh. Dead alligators along the road??? Eeeks! And good thing you out ran those nasty storm clouds - do you guys get much lightening??? We do and it scares the crud out of me. I take cover as soon as I see it. I always enjoy the water/boat pics-probably because we don't have much water here!

runnergirl training said...

Craziness! Great pics! :)

Chris K said...

I'm sure there are some crazy critters in your neck of the woods. That road doesn't have a bike lane. Looks dangerous. Maybe you shouldn't run there anymore.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Chris K - Ha Ha! You are CA spoiled. You must be kidding, this is the South - remember MS, LA, AL the fattest states in the union for a reason. Let's just say exercise is NOT a priority for most residents.
Hubby tells me all the time, I shouldn't run on this road. Thanks so much for agreeing with him. Ha Ha

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Gah! I'm glad you're loving the summer training, because it's chewing me up!

Scarlett Elliewood said...

Oh goodness, one day I want to love the summer training as much as you! Out run those alligators!

lindsay said...

Girl I am with you - barely hanging on the 25mile weeks woo!!! :) it's just disheartening cause I know I used to do 40mpw no problem! :-/ oh well, it's a hot summer... (and in the winter it will be cold, fall/spring I will have allergies, lol)

Jill said...

I've never seen an alligator in my life - other than the zoo - and I think I'd have a total panic attack if I saw one on the road. Yikes. Be careful!

Great job building up the mileage! Slow and steady... Someone asked me yesterday where my mileage was and I think for the first time running in probably 10 years I said, "I have no idea." I'm afraid to start adding it up cuz then it becomes a huge game that I'm not ready to commit to right now. I'm still healing! :)

Petraruns said...

Hey you're my buddy in getting on the road again - I'm aiming for 25 this week as well! Stay strong girl!

Jenn said...

OK-missed this! Clicked on your name and wondered when you fell off the end of the earth and then I found this post I missed:)

Supreme 90 huh! Nice work. I've made it to day 8 of P90X once-ha! but now I just use the videos by themselves at times (rarely). Great workout but I can't seem to fit it in when my mileage is up there. I love to make excuses....Great job of getting ALL the important stuff in!

Dead Alligators!! I once got in a showdown with a woodchuck on the trail but no alligators!!

So glad you're loving training and excited about what's ahead! I'm jealous of your 26.2 mile training runs!! You are a wise woman. Smart with the mileage, the recovery, the crosstraining. I'm impressed:)

mfranks said...

Yay, how positive!
You are running Tupelo? Oh gosh, enjoy it. I am not sure if it is hard but its probably going to be sauna like. Although, my Director ran it last year and almost PR'd. Have you ever ran GumTree?

JessA said...

I think I recognize some of the locations of the pictures! :)