Week 5 - No Distractions

Sunday, December 20, 2009
This was the second week in a row in which I logged zero miles in my VFF's. A couple years ago, I suffered a severe sprain in my left ankle and some soreness there has returned. Just in case the new shoes were somewhat to blame, they were temporarily shelved. That doesn't seem to be the case. Next week I plan on putting in a few short runs with the VFF's and reincorporate them into the training regimen.

Having the Missus back from Monterey for the holidays has allowed more time for training and less time spent on the road. For the first time in over a month, I was able to get in 5 workouts in a single week. Another change of note is that I switched from coffee to green tea in the mornings. Monday through Wednesday was rough and it must have showed, but I do seem to have more consistent energy throughout the day now. Hopefully the change will last and more benefits will emerge within future weeks.

-Dec 14: Cold weather persists. Ran 2.5 miles on treadmill at moderate pace. Dumbell bench press, pullups, and lower back machine.

-Dec 15: Another 2.5 treadmill miles at a slightly faster pace. Added crunches and side-bends before finishing up for the day.

-Dec 16: Rowed 3000 meters, rode stationary bike for 20 minutes, and did some more crunches and side bends.

-Dec 17: Ran 2.5 more miles on the treadmill at a much quicker pace. Felt strong throughout. Also did three sets of low-weight/high-rep bench presses.

-Dec 19: Christmas shopping complete, ventured out to the Yuba College all-weather track for a timed 3 mile run to celebrate. 23 minutes, which sounds unimpressive, but the place was abandoned and I was running very relaxed.


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