Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Training Kick Off!

This week was the PR Training Program kick off for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run training! The training plans officially start Monday January 29 (and there’s still time to sign up!), so this past week was just an easy ease into the training plan week.

I’m working with my personal trainer twice a week, and because I requested early in the week so my legs weren’t dead for my long run, it’s back to back on Monday and Tuesday. This makes the rest of my week a little complicated to plan since I’d like to get in another run. I’ll have to capitalize on my warm ups and make those miles count. I want to use the Cherry Blossom training to build foundation for my marathon training which will start towards the summer months.

How do you balance running and cross training?
Are you training for anything?


Sunday 1/21
Rest Day

Monday 1/22
Warm up for PT: 1.15 miles (20:01) 17:22 min/mi | Avg HR: 121 bpm | Max HR: 159 bpm
Personal Training (45:00) Avg HR: 138 bpm |  Max HR: 170 bpm

During one of my circuits, my PT had me do burpees. I must have moved too quickly to the next move, because I didn’t feel great. As you can see below, my heart rate plummeted after hitting the max heart  rate of 170. Thankfully after walking around a bit, my heart rate returned to normal and I was able to finish my work out. My trainer has promised to leave burpees out of my circuits for a while – weirdly I’m a bit sad because “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” right?

Tuesday 1/23
Warm up for PT: Elliptical 1.44 miles (20:06) 4.3 mph | Avg HR: 123 bpm | Max HR: 132 bpm
Personal Training (45:00) Avg HR: 135 bpm |  Max HR: 160 bpm

Today was much better and I never felt like I was going to pass out. Progress?

Wednesday 1/24
Rest Day

Thursday 1/25
AM HIIT workout (15:00) Avg HR: 119 bpm |  Max HR: 147 bpm

Lunch track workout: 1.98 mi (30:14) 15:15 min/mi | Avg HR: 141 bpm | Max HR: 166 bpm
I did an easy lunch workout with 2 minutes in zone 3 and 1 minute in zone 2.

Friday 1/26
Rest Day

Saturday 1/27
3.01 mi (37:38) 12:29 min/mi | Avg HR: 159 bpm | Max HR: 173 bpm

I had planned to do just 30 minutes since this was an informal run at PR Vienna, but I started running with someone and went a bit further than I had anticipated. I so rarely run with other people so it was a nice change of pace!


Total mileage for the week: 6.15 miles

Training plan this week:

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Easy Run + Personal Training
Tuesday: Easy Run + Personal Training
Wednesday: Recovery (Yoga? Foam rolling?)
Thursday: Track Workout
Friday: Recovery run?
Saturday: PR Training Programs Long Run

Check back next week for a training recap link up hosted by the CUCB 2018 Race Ambassadors and Social Media Team!

Linking up this week with the Weekly Wrap, hosted by Hoho Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home.

10 thoughts on “Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Training Kick Off!

  1. HoHo Runs says:

    Back to back sessions with your trainers sounds tough. But I agree, you need fresh legs for your longs runs. The good thing is, you can always change it around if you need to. That’s weird about your HR and the burpees. I’m glad you were wearing your monitor and can keep and eye on it. Thanks for linking!

  2. Kim G says:

    Great week of workouts!The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is on my bucket list so I hope I get to run it one year – I’ve heard awesome things about the race!

  3. Cooc says:

    I guess I had better map out my training too – as long as my PF behaves! Glad you recovered after that heart rate scare. Sometimes I get dizzy getting up too quickly, but for some reason I usually can do burpees!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I’m currently training for the Eau Claire Marathon in May (with February and March races onteh calendar too) and I do my cross-training twice a week. I’m using a Hal Higdon plan so Mondays are the cross-training day onthe schedule (elliptical and weights for me) and then Firdays are a rest day so I do yoga. Plus, I get lot so fdog walking in (especially when it’s not freezing cold).

  5. Chaitali says:

    It’s definitely complicated trying to fit in both running and strength training! It sounds like you got a pretty good balance this week. My ideal schedule, which is hard to make work, is strength training Tuesday, easy run Wednesday, speed work Thursday, strength training Friday, easy run Saturday, long run Sunday and rest on Monday.

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