I get confused about DailyMile and its average faces for the week. Last week definitely wasn’t a plain face. It was a pretty awesome week of training in the sense of running. The biking and swimming has still taken a back seat, but at least it had a place in the car this week (ha?). Running five days a week has been new for me, but it’s making me feel stronger. And I can see that adding frequency helps add volume. I looked at the layout of the plan with the 4-6-4 and wondered why my weekday runs didn’t get as high as during Disney training, but adding that extra Sunday run throws some miles in there I wasn’t getting before.
Last week’s workouts:
Monday: Rest. Always.
Tuesday: Four miles of crap. No way around it. It stunk. Blame it on a too fast recovery run and 18 hilly miles the week prior, but it was off.
Wednesday: Tim texted while I was at work asking if I wanted to make it a date night and go to the movies, to which I had to calmly speak to myself about life balance. I knew I could push the workouts without messing up my schedule, so I did. Go me. Mark it as a lesson on living out my priorities.
Thursday: I didn’t expect a lot from this tempo after Tuesday, but it panned our nicely after Wednesday off. I did a warmup mile, 2 miles at 8:35, 1 at 8:20, and 1 at 8:06 before a cool down mile. I was pleased.
Friday: 4 miles easy.
Saturday: 20 miler! First one of the training plan! I ran 6 before meeting up with Tori and Meg for 7 and then running 7 more alone after. It’s hard when your friends are doing just (skewed logic) 7 to push through 13 more alone. I’ll hold onto that one as mental training.
|Sorry it’s so cold in the rest of the country…we can’t catch a break from the heat down here. It was 83* when I finished my run on Saturday.|
I also did it on the bridges in Clearwater and ran over those 8 times for 700 feet of elevation gain. I came home and took an ice bath and was pretty useless for much of the day.
Sunday: I woke up and had plans to meet Beth and Tori for biking, swimming, and running, and as much as I wanted to bail and sleep, I went. I only did one loop of Ft. De Soto on the bike because I ran out of time and wanted to get my run in before heading to a group swim at Passe A Grille Beach. So I did 9.5 miles on the bike, a 3 mile run, and 2000 yards of swimming.
This was my first time swimming in a wetsuit, and I have to profess my undying love for it. Oh my gosh! I swam 2000 yards in 4 minutes less than I did at Rev3. I’ll take that kind of improvement for sure! How had I held out on one for so long? I’m a changed person.
So, overall, good week! One last big week of training and it’ll be taper time for the Jacksonville Bank Marathon. Holy crap I feel like I cheated through a marathon training cycle. Oh well! I’m excited and ready. I just have to get through a 7 mile tempo run and a 22 mile long run this week and it’ll be step back.
What’s your next event?