It's the end of week 3 and I'm loving the stage I'm at.. I finally feel like I'm coasting right back into race shape. However, as my milage increases, naturally so does my hunger. As a practicing Catholic, Lent began this week, and so did my annual gluten detox. Generally, I enjoy being gluten free, not because I have celiac's disease or because I'm trying to stay up to date with the latest dietary trends, but more because living gluten free makes me feel better, much better. When I am 100% gluten free I feel my body digesting food easier, my skin gets clearer, my energy is way up and I am just all around more satisfied. So every year for lent I cut out all wheat, barley & rye for the 40 days and 40 nights and so far it's been making my runs feel easier and lighter. Take a look..
WEEK 3 TRAINING: TOTAL MILAGE: 38.85 BEAT OF THE WEEK: BUN UP THE DANCE - DILLON FRANCIS/SKRILLEX
Monday: 8 mile easy run/SoulCycle
8mi; 1:09:20; 8:40/mi
Felt great at a 8:40 pace, so great that I had no problem dancing away on a bike later that night.
I wasn't expecting to run this one so fast but that is why I kind of like these timed runs, rather then thinking how many miles do I have left its more about the clock countdown and is somewhat mentally less intimidating. I averaged a 7:50 pace and enjoyed every minute of my Central Park run.
Wednesday: 5 mile recovery run/Y7 Hip Hop Yoga
5.05mi; 45:05; 8:55/mi
You know you're about to have a good day when you're starting it with Drake themed Hip Hop Yoga, literally set the "good vibes only" mood of the day perfectly. I finished the afternoon with an easy 5 mile sunset recovery run at a 8:55 average pace.
Thursday: Barry's Bootcamp - Abs Day/Bikram Yoga = 3.15 Total Miles
Barry's destroyed me this morning. We did 2 round treadmill intervals and 2 round abs. I left it all on the treadmill that morning completing a hill interval workout to start and finishing with a pyramid run or I should really say sprint to finish. Needless to say, I was shot all day long.. needed 3 cups of coffee and a bag of gluten free multigrain chips to get me to Bikram that night.
Friday: 7.5 mile tempo run
7.5mi; 57:34; 8:10/mi
This run started off slow, as my legs were pretty heavy from the HIT training from the day before but I finished strong averaging a 8:10 treadmill run.
Saturday: Orange Theory (strength/endurance/interval training) = 3.75mi
3.75mi; 30:21; 8:05/mi
I like going to Orange Theory for a nice cross training change of pace. Like anything, you get what you put into the class but I find that even if I give it 100% of my best effort, it is still not as intense as Barry's. I used Saturday as a cross training/strength day and enjoyed both the 30 minute interval treadmill work and the 30 minute total body floor work.