You will never accomplish your goals if you can’t self-assess.

~Eric Thomas

Day 1 (Monday, Feb. 13, 2017): Rest & PiYo Upper Body

I hadn’t done some core work in a while, so I threw in a PiYo workout to spice it up! PiYo is a combination of pilates and yoga, so it was a perfect low-impact workout for this rest day.

Day 2: Easy Run (3 miles) & PiYo Lower Body

I found a trail! I found a trail! I finally found a trail near my house! I don’t know why it took me so long to find it, but I found a nice trail in my area for me to run on. I finished my 3 miles at a 9:58 pace and supplemented the run with a nice PiYo workout.

Day 3: Long Run (6 miles) & Leg Resistance Circuit

Woah dude! A long run in the middle of the week? Well…sort of. I got bored on the treadmill after the 5k mark (10:46), so I hopped off and took a leg day at the gym. It got cold outside, so I had to run indoors. Of course it gets cold right after I find a trail to run on.

Day 4: 30 Minute Bike

Day 5: Easy Run (3 miles)

A nice easy run at a 10:25 avg pace right before my…

Day 6: 5K Race!

Ohhh, so that’s why you “tried” to do a long run in the middle of the week. It’s time to measure my progress in my run training. Remember, my last 5K was 15 weeks ago with a 9:11 pace as my PR.

The race was held in a nice suburb of Madison, WI and the weather was perfect! The run overall was pretty challenging, because there were SO MANY hills! I finished the race with an average pace of…

8:25!!

Whaaaaaat! I ran the first mile under 8 minutes which is my fastest mile I’ve ever logged and to finish with an 8:25 pace blew my mind! The hard work is paying off especially with that kind of improvement in only 15 weeks!

Day 7: Rest Day

It’s hugely important to continue to measure progress. Not just measure the daily workouts, but also assess the changes based on milestones and PR’s. When you find things that are working, you stick to the process, but when you find that you aren’t getting the results you want, then it’s time to adjust. That’s why it’s imperative for you to track your results in anything you do.