Yesterday marked the start of my 12 week build up to the Xduro World Champs. I am really excited to have a training/racing goal again. I would much rather be preparing for Xterra nationals and worlds right now but I have to do what I have to do.
So, as most of you know I am still in Chicago for my new job and luckily I found some great trails right behind my hotel. Well, with all of the flooding in Chicago my nice trails are now under water and I am really bummed. So, what have I been doing, running on the treadmill. I HATE treadmills and I can assure you I will never like them. I know people swear that they are great training tools but running outside and seeing the world on foot is something I refuse to give up! I will do it here b/c I have to but I can't wait to get back home.
Yesterday I got in 40 minutes in the morning and another 30 or so in the evening. Today I did my first hard run in a while (yes, on the treadmill). I did 3x 2min hill (hard), 5 min gradual incline at threshold, 3x 1 min hill (hard), 5 min gradual incline at threshold. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but I will say that my body isn't used to running hard right now. I love the looks I get when I run hard in the gym here at the Westin...I am pretty sure people think I am crazy!
Tomorrow is a mellow recovery run and then I only have one more day here in Chicago!
So, the build up has officially started and I am fired up.
Have a good one and thanks for following me on the journey!