Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Week 2: Faster 5K Training

Week one was nothing to write (home) about. 4 foundation runs. Snore.

I'm using a Matt Fitzgerald training program that runs on the Pear app for iPhone. I like it, because it syncs with my Scosche Rhythm+ heart rate monitor, and tells me audibly when I have exceeded my target zone. A LOT of the training is done in Zone 2. Also, I like how Matt comes on, randomly, and says things like "Form check!" and gives a running tip.

I had great success with a half marathon training program by Matt Fitzgerald in 2010, so it was an easy choice to go back to him for a faster 5K. As of now (always subject to change, but I'm trying to commit) my goal is to be a 5K specialist in 2015. I do get tempted by the half marathons advertised, but I really need to remember that 1) I don't have enough free time in my schedule to do justice to the training required to run as fast as I would want and 2) I like more visible muscle on my body. I can work my 5K training around my weight training schedule easily. I would have to give up a portion of my weight training to do HM training.

Tonight, I will be testing my new Brooks LSD Lite Jacket. Judging by the weather, it should be a good test of wind proof-ness and water resistance. It's blowing and raining out there right now! The jacket is a little big on me. It fits perfectly through my (linebacker) shoulders, but that makes the rest of it a little big. One of the best things about Brooks Running is that they let you return items, even after you've worn them, so if I don't like it I can still send it back.

Back to the training program. Yesterday was a fartlek run, today is a 4 mile run, Saturday will be a foundation run, and Sunday  will be a fast finish run. #runhappy

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