I haven’t written a Weekly Wrap in a while because quite frankly, I haven’t had much to wrap up! But given that this is the last Wrap in Wendy and Holly‘s linkup, I felt obliged to throw my hat into the final ring. London is just nine weeks away and between the ice cold winter and my crazy travel schedule, I haven’t done much running since the first of the year. Because I hadn’t been at it in a while, I decided to just walk on my treadmill last Sunday to help get myself back on track. I walked three miles and it felt great to be moving again.
Here is how the rest of the week went down:
Monday: Another 3 mile walk on the treadmill
Tuesday: 2 mile run/walk intervals on the treadmill + upper body weights
Thursday: 5 mile run/walk intervals on the treadmill
Friday: 5 mile run/walk intervals outside
Saturday: 12-hour work day
I usually do very loose run/walk intervals where nothing is scheduled and I just run when I can and walk when I have to, but when I did the Surf City Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago, I tagged along with a fellow BibRave Pro who had set her watch to do 3-minute run/40-second walk intervals. Since I’m so out of shape it became difficult after a while for me to just have 40-second walk breaks, but I like the idea of the set intervals rather than just winging it.
For my five treadmill miles on Thursday I did 4-minute (slow) run/1-minute walk intervals and that seemed to suit me very well – so much so that I’ve decided to stick with that strategy as I prepare for London. I am hoping if I keep up with my training I can get to 9-minute run/1-minute walk intervals by the time I get to Chicago in October. I thought I had my Garmin set to the 4-minute run/1-minute walk intervals when my neighbor and I ran together on Friday, but alas, there were no beeps or buzzes so I just kept my eye on the time. We did pretty well for the first three miles, but I did need more walk breaks toward the end. Baby steps…I will get there!
How was your week? I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s (final) wrap-up. Be sure to visit their blogs, and check out a few of the other linkers while you’re there. You may just find a few new friends to follow!
I will be running the London Marathon on April 28th, raising funds for Whizz-Kidz, an organization that provides wheelchairs and mobility devices for children and young adults. If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts, you can do so by clicking on the link below. Any donation, big or small, will help and is greatly appreciated!