I’m not sure what it’s like where you live but around these parts, the weather outside is fabulous right now. Forget the I-want-to-experience-all-four-seasons nonsense…I want this 65-75*F ‘n’ sunny perfection every day of the year. California, I’m comin’ for ya! I’m trying to soak up as much time outside as I can before temps drop and I’m chained to my space heater. Brrr.
Last time I partnered up with adidas to give you a glimpse of my indoor fitness routine. This time, the topic is outdoor fitness.
So my time outdoors is dominated by my favorite activity…running! Surprise surprise (I know you were sitting at the edge of your seat wondering). Now that I’ve been running consistently for a few years, I’ve become a lot more flexible with my running days. I used to only run every other day because it helped me with injury prevention, but nowadays I run on back-to-back days fairly regularly. Occasionally I’ll even run three days in a row, though that’s pretty rare. It’s nice having the flexibility to work around my work schedule, rainy days, and what not.
September came out to be my highest mileage in one month ever at 141.2 miles (awesome weather will do that!). I’m well on my way to crossing the 1,500 mile mark for 2013. I’m kicking myself for not registering for a fall marathon this year because I’m running a lot more these days than I was while marathon training last year. I’m itching to register for my next marathon and I’m seriously considering the 2014 Chicago Marathon. Who’s with me?! Seriously.
I’m trying to take advantage of the perfect running weather by incorporating speed work (it’s harder for me to run fast in extremely hot/cold temps). After a couple weeks of longer/slower/comfortable/laaadeeedaaaahh runs I decided to pick up the pace. I shortened up my runs and tried to push past my comfort zone. Just a little. I loathe speed work, so it’s been pretty informal. No intervals or anything. Just a conscious effort to increase my pace and be a little uncomfortable. I usually take it easy on the days I’m not feeling as energetic and then speed things up on the days I’m feeling good. I don’t follow a training plan. Instead I let my body decide how easy/hard and how short/long my runs are.
Though I strongly dislike speed work I know it’s good for me. It helps change things up and keep my body challenged. If I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon sometime in the next…oh you know…15 years, I’ve gotta pick up the pace! The more you do it, the easier it gets right? Right. Riiiiiiight.
Tell Me: How are you staying fit outdoors these days?
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