I have been doing a lot of cross training (swimming, running stairs) and hitting the weights a few times a week. I hear it over and over, how much it helps runners to do stuff other than run.
People, let me tell you, it has certainly made a difference for me!
I ran on Monday last week and then didn't run again until Sunday night. My plan is all screwed up and I'm trying to build mileage without going TOO quickly to avoid injury. But, I also don't have a whole ton of time here so I'm dealing with it and working things out.
Yep, I had almost a week between runs.
In that time, I did manage some strength training, some swimming and some other indoor workouts.
My plan was AT LEAST four miles with the option of a fifth mile if I still felt good. I ran 2.5 out and 2.5 back. And as I was running back, passing mile four, I realized something: even with a week between runs my legs felt excellent. I could've added a sixth mile but didn't want to push it and it was getting pretty dark.
All of my miles, aside from my first one with my five minute walking warm up, were under thirteen minutes. I did a 2:1 run/walk ratio for all you Galloway runners.
Here I am preaching it to you...CROSS TRAINING MAKES A DIFFERENCE SO GO DO IT RIGHT NOW!
I feel less like "dear god, why did I sign up for a half marathon in August?" and more like "OK I can do this. It'll be slow, but I can do it".
As for the weekend, Hubs and I had a spectacular date night on Saturday night. We ended up with FRONT ROW tickets to The Book of Mormon. To give you an idea of just how good it was, my non-theatre-loving husband woke up Sunday morning singing songs from the show. So funny! I wish I could count all the calories I burned laughing my butt off!