Thursday, June 14, 2007

Building Strength...Where's the Running?

My strength workouts have been fantastic this week, worthy of a gold star! Ok, maybe not but I'm loving the strength training. My running however has been non existent this week. The last run I had I believe was last Friday. Up until this week the longest I've gone without running since October was three days. I'm actually considering not running until Sunday. Maybe now is a good time to take a solid week off, especially since my marathon training will start very soon. Good time to rest the joints and gear up for the higher volume of running that awaits.
I'm still trying to tweak my plan and I had a good conversation with Mendy this morning about speedwork. She brought up some good points and made me think about why I would do speedwork. I also took the time to read a few good articles on the subject as well and have come to what I feel is the best decision for me. I will not be doing speedwork as part of my training. Since I've only been running consistently since October I do not feel it would be of any benefit to me at this point in my running. For me it will be about the all important long runs and building that endurance up over the 18 week plan.
Don't get me wrong I feel speedwork does have alot of benefits and I know Mendy has had good success doing it but I'm not trying for a PR or break any land speed records so why put my body through the stress of speedwork? I would rather put that energy into my long runs and tempo work. I should have a plan finalized by the end of next week and will post an example of what I will be doing. Thanks Mendy for discussing it with me and I went back and forth about it all day.

My diet has been super clean all week. I do have a bone to pick with my wife. The last two nights I have had to watch my two ladies suck down homemade chocolate milkshakes with whip cream and cherries! Wrong, just wrong on so many levels. I was able to fight off the urge and stay true to my nutrition which consisted of the following...
8oz grilled boneless skinless chicken breast
2 whole organic eggs with yolks
1 cup steamed broccoli
2 hours later...
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
I'm guessing but I think by tomorrow morning my weight will hit an all time cutting low. I will report tomorrow on that front. Gracie has not had a lot of time to play on her new playset due to all the storms we've been having but has really enjoyed the short time shes had. I even goofed around on it with her last night. This Saturday we are going to my sister's house, my nephew David has turned the big 10! WAHOO happy b-day! They live only about an hour or so away and we're looking forward to it, will be lots of fun. Gracie just loves her cousins!
Tomorrow will be another good strength workout and then some much needed weekend fun! Hope everyone has a great Friday! - Jason


Michelle said...

You are a strong man, Jason. If it was me, I would have grabbed a straw and downed one of those shakes with your wife!!! ;-)

Great job on the strength training. I think it is good from time to time to take a little break from running, just to mix things up a bit. And I don't blame you for not wanting to do the speed work just yet. I think building endurance is really important to begin with and speed comes later, you know?

Wes said...

That's just cruel. Are you sure she loves you? ;-) I have done a few fartleks, but like you, I am waiting until I have completed my year of base training before I start speedwork. I personally feel that is a wise decision.

David said...

I personally do speed work for 3 reasons: to get faster by building strength, to stress my running muscles differently for added dimension, and to expand my aerobic capacity by pushing through the anaerobic barrier. But, it is is a tough workout and a mother to commit to week after week.

Good work pushing away from the chocolate shake!

Mendy said...

To each their own, right. As long as your happy, then that's all that matters. Some people want to do it. I am one of them. I'm not trying to break any records or PR either.

We should start calling you "The lifting man", since you've been hitting the gym so much lately. Good job on getting in there and increasing your strength.

Also, I don't know how you turned down those shakes! Yum - O. Ashli is just cruel. :-)

Marcy said...

Don't even talk about chocolate shakes LOL!! Yum, Yum, Yum!!

Awesome job with the strength training. Everyone needs a little break from the running now and again, right? :-)

scott keeps running said...

it's funny but since i've been exercising consistently over the past 5-6 months i don't have as many of my bad (good) food urges, specifically chocolate chip cookies.

i think you made the right decision about the speed training at this point. i'm always impressed by how much thought you put into your workouts and diet and it always seems your decisions are based on solid ground.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I do a lot of speed work, but I'm doing nothing but short course stuff right now. I agree with your plan. I think doing some tempo work is fine, but all you really want to do the first time is get your body to run that far at any pace without getting hurt.

I love that swing set! We are getting one for our boys for the new house.

Ashli said...

I am not cruel, honey. I am simply a ectomorph. I can't help these things. LMAO! Love you! =o)~~

J~Mom said...

I do a little "unoffical" speedwork when it is fun but otherwise stick to the basics. Keep up the great work!