Permission to Run, Granted – TNT Update

Happy hump day one and all. (Get your mind out of the gutter people – I know it’s there! :D)

I thought it would be a good day to update you on my participation with Team in Training and my new workout routine. We’ve had 2 coached runs, and a “buddy” run that was led by a mentor. Having a group of people that can commiserate with you (if it’s cold and rainy, like it was Saturday) or keep your mind off the run by sharing their story (as was the case yesterday) makes all the difference in motivation.

The fact that I managed to get out of bed on a Saturday morning to drive across town (and driving is really not my thing; I’ve hit inanimate objects with a car – sometimes my car, sometimes not – 5 times) is a testament to the TNT program. Knowing there’d be other people there to run with made it worth it.

One thing I’m really loving is that TNT gave out a rough training schedule for the first few months. It includes our runs, when to cross train, etc. The calendar indicates the difficulty of the runs as well, so sometimes it will call for an “easy run for 30 minutes” for example.

Normally when I am training for something, I feel like every workout has to be balls to the walls, and I end up burning out and needing to take a week off, or I’m just exhausted. Having the permission, nay the expectation, to take it easier is a blessing. Knowing that trained coaches have planned out the schedule gives me the confidence to follow it.

As far as cross training, I’ve been doing mostly yoga and I ride my bike for 20 minutes each day for my commute. I want to reincorporate strength training into my schedule as well, but I have to be cautious that I don’t overwork my legs because I need to save them for running! But I know I feel better and run better when I strength train, so I need to find a way to fit it in.

On Monday, I chose to do an Insanity workout as my cross training and that may have been a mistake. It was an awesome workout, but my body is just hurting a little bit more as the week goes on. Delayed onset muscle soreness can really kick your ass!

Right now, my training schedule looks like this:

  • Monday: Cross Train – weight lifting (including core)
  • Tuesday: Run with TNT
  • Wednesday: Cross Train – weight lifting (including core)
  • Thursday: Run with TNT
  • Friday: Rest – light yoga
  • Saturday: Long runs with TNT
  • Sunday: Varies – cross training (generally yoga) or an easy run

I also incorporate at least 15 minutes of yoga into every day. That is more for the mental benefit than the physical one; it energizes me if I do it in the morning or helps me decompress if I do it in the evenings. I’m also still trying to walk everywhere which helps keep my muscles loose!

That’s where things stand right now. I have noticed a slight change in my appetite – namely that it’s slightly more intense, but nothing drastic yet. I’ve heard that marathon training can cause quite the spike so I’m sort of looking forward to it – you know how I love to eat!

Check out my TNT Page here for more on this week’s runs!

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