After Sunday's long-ish run, Lola and I hit up Starbucks for our weekend fix. :D Yes, we did get soaking wet when we opened our window for the drive-through guy.
With a pumpkin spice latte in hand, I continued on with my food prep for the week. These preparations are mainly for cooking purposes, as opposed to snacks. I like to take grab and go fruit such as oranges and bananas for snacks at work, as well as yogurt and the salty crunchy things like I showed you on Sunday's post.
|Bell peppers, celery, red onion and carrots.|
The little ones are gone home for the day, and I'm refuelling with coffee at my work station....exhausted!
I shifted my training schedule around a bit this week since I'm running in the Tartan Twosome. This includes a 5k run at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and a 1/2 Marathon at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning! Yes, I just said that.
That being said, I ran my 5 mile run tonight, tomorrow is 10 miles and Wednesday is another 5.....Thursday, yes Thursday, is R.E.S.T.!!! Can someone tell my students that????
Monday's 5 mile run was at an easy pace. My legs were a little stiff from the previous day's 12.5 miler.
7:58 Avg. pace/mile
I forgot to tell you about my Sunday afternoon Plank PR butt kicker! I was determined to see the ticker go past 3:30. It was tough, but I did it.
How fitting is this picture below that I got from the "Women's Running Community" facebook page?! LOL
|Especially after I've hit 3 mins!|
As any distance runner knows, core strength is crucial. Hard work, but crucial. Just run a marathon or a 1/2 for that matter and try to battle late stage race fatigue with a weak core......Good luck! LOL. I've been there tried that. It didn't work out so well.
Knowing the importance of a strong core, I'm not always the most diligent when it comes to ab exercises. Now when there is a challenge, like trying to beat Matt's time, I'm game! ;) I've been working my core much more since the beginning of August than I did this past Spring and I'm hoping I'll feel and see the benefits.
To actively engage and strengthen the muscle groups highlighted below that are key to efficient running form. :)
So there you have it. Give these workouts a try, but listen to your body. :)
Thanks again for stopping in and visiting GGR. Have a beautiful evening!
Maritime Race weekend is in 4 days!!!