So earlier this year, I took a look at what I completed last year in my running adventures (a half marathon, half relay, 15K, 10 mile, a few 10K's and a bunch of 5k's) and decided that I wanted to go down a different path. I decided that I wanted to do a Ragnar Race, I had 2 options Trail or Standard. I decided that I wanted to try Trail Ragnar.
After speaking with some of my running friends, we decided to get a group together and try this thing out.
We are running Northwoods Ragnar Trail Relay Sept 23rd in Wassau WI, holy moly! Seeing has how I still consider myself new to running and that I've NEVER ran trails, I decided I need to do some major trail training.
My friend Carrie and I decided that we would sign up for the Endless Summer Trail Series Races in Minnesota (its one race a month on different trails) and do the Ragnar Training.
With 2 races under my belt the Lebanon Hills 6Mile, and the French Park 5K, I fully know where my weakness's are. HILLS, HILLS, HILLS!
I decided to start the 12 week training plan a week early (only because I had already put it all in my planner).
So this is 13 weeks prior to Ragar...This is what my training looks like this week...
Sunday: Cross Training: 60 Min of Kettlebox.....Kettlebox kicks my butt every week. Its a warm-up, then 15 minutes of kettle bell work outs, then 30 mins of boxing/kickboxing followed by cool down. I love the class!!!!! Go New Hope YMCA
Monday: Hills (20 Mins).....Did I mention that Hills are my weakness?!?! They stink, they are horrible and I have a hate/hate relationship with them right now. My knees are bad and I have to wear braces to run hills, and lets be honest I am over weight still and running up hills leaves me huffing and puffing...My mind is set however that at the end of this I hope to have a Love/Hate relationship. Let me for the record say that 20 mins of Hills seems like a really long time, and for those 20 mins I was only able to go 1.3 miles
Tuesday: Active Rest......I decided that I need to do some stretching and foam rolling today because holy heck were my muscles sore after those hills...I also biked 10 miles to keep my feet moving
Wednesday: 20 Tempo Run....This is new to me, so 5-10 of warm up walking/jogging and then 5 mins of running, 1 min of jogging back and forth up to 20 mins. I didnt mind this as much as I thought I might. I was pretty sleepy during my run, I decided to get it done before work so I was out running at 5AM. I was rudely woken from my sleepy slumber however when the sprinkler system decided to kick on and spray me completely!
Thursday: Active Rest......Today I am going to walk for about an hour
Friday: REST YES I LOVE FRIDAYS!!!!
Saturday: 40Min Long Run....I decided that I am going to be doing half of my long runs on trails and half on the road. I am signed up to run a half marathon in October so i want to use this training for dual purposes.
Why did I take this on again??!?!?!