When my coach, Mary, ordered that I take a week off of running, I thought I would lose it. But, somehow, the week did me a lot of good. It gave me a few more minutes for taking care of overall life stuff, and I didn't go completely berzerk! I did a ton of walking and a yoga workout (which fried my abs!). Now I'm back to running, and, ahhh, I've had a nice couple of runs. Today's zone 2 run went really well.
I've set two goals for this training cycle: 1) get stronger AND 2) tackle the zone 2 run. To get stronger, I'm raising my commitment to doing arm weights and crunches and even crosstraining :O I'm also going to work on learning what zone 2 (moderate effort) feels like and train my body to deal with working a tad harder on my everyday runs. I think it'll make a difference!!