Back at it

It’s been about 3.5 weeks since I quit my corporate job. These last 3.5 weeks I not only have been trying to tackle some projects around the house, I’ve also started volunteering at a rescue, ALIVE Rescue, as well as took some time off from running. I’m now ready to get back into my running routine and signed up for a couple local races raising money for my rescue! First up, Chicago Soldier Field 10 mile race at the end of May… EEEK!

Soldier field 10 mile race

I ran this bad boy back in 2014 and had a goal of finishing under 1:40 (roughly 10 min. pace). I remember looking down at my watch coming up to mile 9 and noticing if I kept the current pace I was at I’d be over the 1:40 goal by about 1 min. I dug deep and sprinted the last mile coming in at 1:39:53. I was soooooo proud of myself as I had finally PR’d this thing! 4 years later I want to run this and PR again but I’ve been out of the running scene for 3.5 weeks so it’s going to take some solid training. Luckily, now that I have more time on my hands I can actually focus on training! Below is my 4 week plan to prepare for this 10 mile run. It’s def. insane and could obviously use another 4 weeks but here goes nothing! Here’s a photo of my brother and I at the end of this race!

Soldier field 10 mile race

Week 1:

  • Monday (day 1) – 4 mile run followed by 10 min. of rowing
  • Tuesday (day 2) – 20 min. stairs (we have a hate/hate relationship) followed by 30 min. of biking
  • Wednesday (day 3) – Treadmill 30 min. HIIT using my Aaptiv app! Followed by 10 min. of biking
  • Thursday (day 4) – 2 mile run followed by 20 min. of biking
  • Friday (day 5) – rest day
  • Saturday (day 6) – 5 mile run
  • Sunday (day 7) – rest day

Week 2:

  • Monday (day 8) – 4 mile run followed by 10 min. of rowing
  • Tuesday (day 9) – 1 mile sprint on treadmill followed by 40 min. of biking
  • Wednesday (day 10) – Treadmill 30 min HIIT using my Aaptive app! Followed by 20 min. of biking
  • Thursday (day 11) – 20 min. stairs followed by 30 min. of biking
  • Friday (day 12) – rest day
  • Saturday (day 13) – 6 mile run
  • Sunday (day 14) – rest day

Week 3:

  • Monday (day 15) – 6 mile run followed by 10 min. of rowing
  • Tuesday (day 16) – 10 min. of stairs followed by 40 min. of biking
  • Wednesday (day 17) – Treadmill 40 min. HIIT using my Aaptive app! Followed by 10 min. of biking
  • Thursday (day 18) – 15 min. stairs followed by 30 min. of biking
  • Friday (day 19) – rest day
  • Saturday (day 20) – I’m participating in Bark in the Park with my dog Duncan who I rescued from the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago! We’re walking to raise awareness to adopt and not shop for dogs!
  • Sunday (day 21) – 8 mile run

Here’s Duncan and I last year doing our Bark in the Park walk!
Bark in the park chicago walk

Week 4 (last week!):

  • Monday (day 22) – 3 mile run followed by 20 min. of biking followed by 10 min. of rowing
  • Tuesday (day 24) – 20 min. of stairs followed by 30 min. of biking
  • Wednesday (day 25) – 40 min. of HIIT on the treadmill using my Aaptiv app!
  • Thursday (day 26) – 2 mile run followed by 20 min. of biking
  • Friday (day 27) – rest day
  • Saturday (day 28) – RACE DAY!

I’ll keep you posted on how my 4 week training program goes and if I actually PR this guy! Until then, if you’d like to donate to my charity please do so here. Thanks!

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