2012-09-10

This Week In Exercise

It has been a little too long since I scheduled my last personal training session. It's not that I didn't want to go, it's just that I have been incredibly busy lately, both professionally and during the process of purchasing new property. So I have been forgetting to schedule a training session.

I have not, however, neglected my workouts. I have been doing the same brutal workout my trainer gave me the last time, every other day, for approximately two weeks. It is an extremely difficult workout that has done very good things for me, but I'm ready for something new.

Furthermore, as I noted last week, I have a little over a month to build an endurance base if I want to be serious about running a marathon in the near future. To that end, I plan on building my endurance base for sure, and then making a more informed assessment as to my marathon readiness once it's time to either put up or shut up. I'd like to do it, but of course it is a big commitment.

So, I have my next PT session on Wednesday, but my mail objective this week is to attempt to run 40 miles. It will be tough, but do-able. The goal, as I just said, is to start increasing my endurance base. Part of that will be a return to twice-daily exercise. However, unlike my previous two-a-days, I will not simply be doing strength training in the AM and cardio in the PM. Instead, I will simply attempt to phase-in morning cardio workouts in addition to my regular fitness routine.

The result of this should be a deepening cardiovascual base and an overall increase in my activity level, built up week-by-week until I'm perhaps in the 60-80 mile/week range by the end of October. It's an ambitious plan, let's see where it takes me. Here's the plan for the week:
  • Mon: 5 miles easy
  • Tue: 5 miles tempo + 0:30/mile
  • Wed: Strength training + 5 miles easy
  • Thu: 7 miles easy
  • Fri: Strength training + 5 miles easy
  • Sat: 8 miles long run
  • Sun: 5 miles easy
Let's see if I can do it.