It's funny that I feel a little guilty about my workouts for last week, because all I did was run. Yes, I ran four times, but I didn't do anything extra, and I also had two days where I didn't wake up to an early alarm, which was pretty nice, I have to admit. I took advantage of my land workout partner, Julia, being on vacation, and had a little break as well. Anyway, I think it's hilarious that I am at the point where only running four times in one week has me feeling guilty...it's incredible how much I've changed my mindset about exercise in the past five years!
All of my runs have been good. I attribute that to stronger legs from my land workouts (lunges, squats, core work, walking for miles), and doing 2:1 intervals (run for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minute) for everything except the hill repeat workout. I'm approaching training this season with a different attitude - I just want to feel good while I'm running. And doing intervals does that for me...no matter how hot, humid or hard the run is, the intervals give me a nice little break and I am managing to get through my runs feeling happy and strong, so I'm going to continue with them...going with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" thing.
That said, I only have a few weeks remaining with Julia as my land workout partner; school starts toward the end of August, and she'll be back to teaching. Then my real challenge will begin - doing it on my own. Anyone who's ever done a long walk knows that it goes by a lot quicker when you have someone to talk with, plus we've been good at pushing...er, motivating each other to do the other exercises. Also, you look less silly whimpering over lunges when there's another person whimpering alongside you. I can't be the only one who prefers exercising with a friend versus going solo, right?
The only other thing that might put a kink in my workout plans is the bathroom redo - it's looking like it will begin this week, and I'm not sure how early the crews are going to be here, and obviously I can't leave my house when they're here, so I may have to adjust. Ack! Not a huge deal, but the vampire runner in me much prefers getting out while it's still dark. I wonder what it's like to live in a part of the country where the weather is mild enough that you can actually run in the daylight? Hmmm, something to ponder...