My first week as a Resolute Runner has come and gone. Here’s a breakdown of my schedule, my ups and downs, and what I’ve learned:
Monday and Tuesday I had some easy runs scheduled. Easy my ass – running slower purposely is HARD! I know it serves a purpose, but it took a lot of energy and willpower to run slower when all of my friends took off at faster paces. I’ll be patient and trust the training though, because I know the day will soon come where I have some blistering fast runs.
I had my first trail run on Tuesday with some members of my new trail running group I’m helping train. As a Trail Leader I’ll be taking them on trails, teaching them techniques, giving advice on gear and nutrition, and overall showing them how trails are a blast!
We ran an easy four mile loop at Red Mountain Park that took us to Grace’s Gap Overlook. I ran with Scott and his wife Lisa, marathoners who took a break from running and want to try something new. When we got to hills or tricky sections of the trail, we’d talk about the best way to tackle them. It was a great way to unwind and enjoy being out in the woods!
On Wednesday, Resolute Running had a nutrition seminar led by dietician Sonthe Bokas Burge. This was helpful, because similar to my casual running approach, I eat well but don’t track my calories or carbs to protein to fat ratio. Here are some quick fun facts I leaned:
- Athletes need more protein than the average person, but too much protein turns into fat
- Soy and quinoa have all 9 complete proteins (good for my upcoming diet changes!)
- The ideal serving of protein at one time is 20g
Thursday was my first speedwork session. Ever. I’ve been on a track before, but have never run an actual track workout. It was so bad that I had to ask Coach Alex where to start and stop my 600s. To his credit, he didn’t laugh—in my face at least.
My workout called for a one-mile warm up, two 600m repeats, and a one-mile cool down. Short and easy, but I learned some key things:
- Hit “lap” after every repeat—I paused my watch after my warm up mile, reset the workout after my second repeat, and finally hit “lap” during my cool down. Basically I created an inconsistent mess of data.
- Upload your workout to your watch—apparently my Garmin can do all of the thinking for me if I plug my exact workout into my watch ahead of time.
- Don’t run too fast—two 600s may not tire me out, but six will. If I run those early repeats too fast, I’ll hate myself by the end of the workout.
Long Run and Recovery
My long run on Saturday was a bit faster than it should have been, but I was not about to go slower than the group and get lost in the hills of Helena. More on that run later this week though. Sylvan Sunday Runday was a nice, easy six miles. Too much distance, but I’ll never turn Zack down when he asks me to run with him. At least I nailed my pace!
Overall, last week was a nice, easy adjustment to training with Resolute Running, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the upcoming weeks bring!