Ah yes, the weekly training blog. This week was a very high mileage week for me and in fact, my highest lifetime mileage week. The temperature just really jived with my running and I was able to wake up early and get my miles done. So in short, everything clicked.
Running: 84 miles
Swimming: 7000 meters
I’ll start with running. Most of my runs have been relatively easy with a few striders here and there. My only moderate (tempo) run was at our local summer series race on Tuesday night. It is a legit “race” but it’s more a fun type of thing. No one goes there to race and elbow bitches out of the way because it’s so hot and that isn’t the atmosphere Most people go for a tempo type fun run. It’s just fun. I ran 3.4 miles at a 7 minute pace.
My other fast workout was some speed I did on Friday. I was originally supposed to have 3X1 miles but my body could not handle that. I changed it to 12X400s at the same pace but having that extra rest allowed me to make my target times.
Was it frustrating?
Yes, a little bit but I have to remember where I’m coming from (last year and my stress fracture). The pace I was running this year would be a dream for me last year. I am improving by a lot and keeping that in mind kept me going.
On to swimming…I swam twice. Once I did 3k and once I did 4k. Easy and mindless to keep weight off my legs. I enjoy my pool time because it gives me some personal time to just relax and get some cross training in.
Moving on to next week:
Next week is a taper week for me. I’m very excited and it’s my biggest race of the summer! The year before last year (2010) I won, last year I stress fractured-so I would like to win again. 😉 This particular race is a 1k run on the beach, followed by a 1k swim back in the ocean, then getting out and running a 5k on the boardwalk.
The boardwalk is hard and concrete and obviously the most type of stress you can put on your legs. This year, I’m much more ready though.
Running wise this week, I’ll probably get about 40 miles in next week and swimming another 7000 meters. My running will be quicker.
I will hopefully do a tempo run (around 6:30 pace) on Monday followed by Speed on Wednesday and take Thursday off.
So yes, an easy dropping off week to me. This will allow my muscles to repair a bit and also prepare me for a (hopefully) fantastic race on Saturday.
Question for you:
1. What do you do when you struggle with workouts?
2. What are your workout plans this week? Any races?
3. Do you enjoy tapering?