An awesome cross training day today after the initial run workout! So awesome that at the end of the day the fatigue was all worth the smile knowing I have been making strides in my training even with the different variations and less runs during the week. However, with the amount of training today I know this will probably take a toll on my long run this weekend. No matter the case it is still 14 weeks out and I can do a little bit of extra work because I know it will help me in the 26.2 venture I take on in San Francisco.
The weather to start off the day was amazing today here in Sacramento. The running plan for today called for a total of 7 miles. The first mile was a nice warm up mile, I ran at about a 7:40 pace to get the legs loose. After the warm-up the actual tempo run started. The middle 5 miles were the tempo miles for today which I logged them in at a 7 minute per mile pace. Then post tempo workout was another 1 easy mile at a 8:00 pace to allow for a cool down.
After the run workout, I thought my body was ready to continue with a little extra cross training to keep the legs working and help with an overall cool down for the body. So I jumped into the pool today! This was the first time in over 3 weeks that I got into the pool. The only down side to the pool workout, was it was not a swim workout, because it was kicking only. It was a short 20 minute kick board workout with flippers. Nonetheless, it was still a workout in the pool. It is something I have been missing because the pool is very refreshing to jump into even though the hip flexors and ankles got a bit of an additional workout, it was still nice to get into the water. I have missed my pool workouts, and cannot wait to get into full swimming workouts and not restricted to kicking only. The positive of kicking only is that I still get to hop into the pool.
To continue with the Insanity workout calendar, I did the Core Cardio & Balance workout. This was a good way to end the workout day, because of the long holds and stretching movements to allow for my body to recover after a great day of working out. Today, I felt like I made some decent strides in my workouts, and hope that this is something that will continue. I know there are days I need to pull back but in the end it is still all worth it because of the fact that pushing myself to my limits is something I really love to do.