Yesterday was an awesome day for training! The weather was great, I was well rested and had the attitude to go along with it!
I started the day with my traditional Baptiste Power Yoga! It is both a mental training session as well as an awesome hour of stretching and opening up my muscles and body for recovery. I honestly think that I would have likely injured myself along the training journey without this practice. It is one hour of total awesome training to start the day. If time allowed I would likely more often as I truly see the benefits of the practice as part of my training.
Part 2 of the training was turning up the intensity on my running training a bit. I have been doing the intervals and speed work as laid out in my program. However, it is void of any hills. When I have been running and had hills, they have gotten the best of me. So, I have decided to add hill training to my sessions as I know the overall benefits are huge. So, in the greatest day of this summer to date, I got my running shoes on and my HR monitor in hand to go out for a great session. For my first hill session I did 4 repeats of an awesome hill area. Each repeat is likely is more than 500m on a fairly steep incline. It was an awesome session, my HR goes anaerobic and it stays. Mu recovery is great, within 1-2 minutes from the top I am back into Zone1-2 and ready to tackle another. It was a great session, when I got to the 4th repeat I was still able to push the hill at a sub 4:45 pace and not collapse at the top. Overall I am 100% pleased with the hill training as I know that it is a great way to kick up my cardio and my overall run performance. I am looking forward to having this as part of my training for the next few weeks, I know it will contribute to an overall improvement!
I did also attempt an open water swim today, but 48F, NO WAY! I froze my ankles helping the spotter put the boat in the water. Try gain tomorrow.
To all the American blog world, have a wicked Independence Weekend! Enjoy your friends, family and training.