LEARN TO FOCUS: WEEK 14

I’M 5 WEEKS INTO CHICAGO MARATHON TRAINING AND I’M HAPPY TO REPORT IT’S GOING BETTER THAN EXPECTED. I DECIDED TO USE NIKE RUN CLUB’S TRAINING OUTLINE WHICH INCLUDES A COMPILATION OF SHORT DISTANCES, TRACK WORKOUTS, FARTLEK RUNS, HILL REPEATS, LONG DISTANCES AND RECOVERY DAYS/RUNS. BELOW IS A ROUGH OUTLINE OF MY WEEKLY SCHEDULE. 

AS THE WEEKS GO BY, I’M NOTICING A DIFFERENCE IN MY SPEED AND ENDURANCE, WHICH IS MY ULTIMATE GOAL. I KNOW THE TOUGHEST PART OF TRAINING WILL BE STAYING HEALTHY AND INJURY FREE. SO I’VE ADDED SOME OTHER MANDATORY ELEMENTS, LIKE FOAM ROLLING, STRETCHING AND ICING, TO MY WEEKLY REPERTOIRE.

EACH WEEK, NIKE HIGHLIGHTS CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF TRAINING. THIS WEEK HAS BEEN FOCUS AND LEARNING HOW TO HONE IN ON THE GOAL IN SIGHT. YESTERDAY’S FARTLEK DEFINITELY CHALLENGED THIS. THE WORKOUT WAS A LITTLE OVER 3 MILES (DISTANCE DIFFERS DEPENDING ON SPEED) AND TESTED MY ABILITY TO KEEP TEMPO AT MY HARDEST PACE. THE FARTLEK COMPRISED OF 1 MIN EASY PACE, 1 MIN HARD. THEN 2 MIN EASY, 2 MIN HARD. THEN 3 MIN EASY, 3 MIN HARD, AND THEN ONCE MORE STARTING BACK AT 1 MIN EASY/HARD, THEN 2, THEN 3. IT WASN’T EASY, AND TESTED MY MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FOCUS AS I NEEDED TO TAKE EACH LEG, ONE AT A TIME.

NEXT WEEK’S HIGHLIGHT IS STRENGTH. I’M SEEING THE FRUITS OF MY LABOR MORE AND MORE WITH EACH WORKOUT SO I’M ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT’S TO COME OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.

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