After a break of almost a week, because of midterms, I was back at running. This time, the run was great. I ran with my roommate the usual route and we completed 8 km in 40 minutes. That’s 12 kph, back at my fastest speed!
That’s 2:31 faster than my usual speed. Maybe it’s the break, maybe it’s the cross–training, but I was feeling good. I did take two breaks of about 1 minute during the run, which didn’t stop the clock. Before you know it, I’ll be back not taking any breaks. However, from my research, it seems that taking breaks is great for cardio training. Bringing heart beats up and down is really good.
My biggest mistake when starting my marathon training was simply adding too many miles in a short time. This week, I’ll be happy to do 20 or 30 km, and then slowly increase the mileage by no more than 10% each week. A body can take only so much punishment, and I think that I’m aware of the problems that can surface if you over train.
I’ve decided not to join the triathlon team. The tendons in my knee plus my massive school load make it impossible for me to find an extra 14 hours to train with them. Still, once I have more time, I’d like to join a team.
Now that I have a bike, I’ll be doing cross-training in my off days. I want to make sure that I do some physical activity each day. I’ve already thought of a few really fun things that I could do, like racing around the Plaines D’Abraham in mock MTB style. It’s really close and lots of fun. Also, I plan on doing some anaerobic exercises by using the bike to climb hills repeatedly. I think that I’ll start this week with that.