Countdown: 6 Weeks to Houston (eeeek!)
With the traveling and holiday, Thanksgiving week was tough for cross training. I was definitely ready to get back home and get back into a regular routine this week. The mid-week runs were longer than usual and they were tough, but went well and I can definitely say I am in the peak of this training cycle (and feeling it!).
Monday – OFF :( Unfortunately getting back to a “regular” routine this week meant me reverting back to an unscheduled rest day on Monday! For one reason or another, I rarely seem to get my rear in gear (I rhyme!) and get a cross training workout on Mondays. I packed my gym bag to be prepared for Body Pump if I could get out of work early or spin if I couldn’t. I forgot it. No biggie…Brad was supposed to bring it to me at lunch. He forgot it. The worst part? I actually left work early and was heading to the gym (with plans to do BOTH spin and Body Pump) before I realized I had no clothes. Workout fail.
Tuesday – 11 miles w/10 miles at Marathon Pace
Wednesday – 45 minutes swimming, 2200 m: I am not going to lie, the only reason I got out of bed and hit the pool is because I am accountable for points in HBBC. I guess that is the reason we all joined it right?! Of course I was really glad I hit the pool, but I felt reeeaaally slow (and my triceps were super sore the next day) after not having swam for over 2 weeks. It is amazing how fast you lose fitness!
Thursday – 10 miles w/3 x (2 x 1200) at 5:10 (6:55 pace) w/2 min rest intervals and 4 min between sets: I hit up the track for this workout (for the first time in probably a year?!) I am surprised I even remembered how to get there! With 4 1/2 miles of speedwork, I knew it would be a tough workout and figured that doing it on the track and not having to deal with hills/inclines or crossing streets in the park would probably make it more manageable. I live about 2 miles from the high school track that I regularly frequented at one time in my life, so I ran over and back for the warm up/cool down. The first 4 repeats felt great and I was able to settle in to the pace pretty well. After the long rest following the 2nd set, my legs felt super heavy and the last 2 were HARD. I had to push to keep the pace and I thought I was going to throw up or pass out after the last one! But I met the goal paces and finished with a (huge) speedwork total of 10 miles! Paces: 5:02, 5:06, 5:08, 5:08, 5:08, 5:08.
Friday – Spin: I absolutely love this Friday morning spin class. It goes by faster than any other spin class I have ever taken. Nick, the instructor, teaches it like it is a real road ride and I can visualize myself out on the road with my riding buddies the whole time! It is a great workout and I actually am not looking at the clock every 5 minutes like with most spin instructors.
Saturday – 15 miles @ 8:39 min/mile: My favorite running buddy was back in action for the long run this week. With a tough week at work, Char didn’t join me on either of the mid-week runs, but she did all 15 of the long run! Jesse even joined us for the first 9. My only stipulation when deciding our running strategy for today was that it had to be light out and the frost must be gone before we started. We waited until 8:30 to get going and even though we all started in shorts and sleeves, we ended up stopping back by their house after 1.5 miles to drop off some of our layers! It warmed up quick! It was windy though and the hills seemed tough in the first 1/2 of the run. Good news: I got stronger in the later miles and we finished strong. I would post the stats for the run, when I went to charge the Garmin and download stats, this is what I saw:
Sunday – 1:05 Bike Ride, 17 miles: I slept until 10 a.m. then made a yummy breakfast of oatmeal and eggs for Brad and I. Then as I sat around and proceeded to do nothing but play around on the internet and read Runner’s World, there was a high risk that no sweating was happening for the day. I texted Char, “I need motivation, help!” She texted back to be at her house in an hour for a bike ride. Perfect! It was chilly and overcast, but we had a nice bike ride and as always, I enjoyed the company as much as the workout!
Total Miles: 36 miles
- Week 1: 17.4 miles (Augusta 1/2 Ironman week!)
- Week 2: 15.2 miles (recovery)
- Week 3: 26.2 miles
- Week 4: 29.1 miles
- Week 5: 31.3 miles
- Week 6: 32 miles
- Week 7: 20.1 miles (Savannah 1/2 Marathon)
- Week 8: 28.8
- Week 9: 30.5
- Week 10: 39.3
- Week 11: This week!