Training Week Joys

Ah yes the weekly training blog.  This was an interesting week for me because I raced more this week than any other week.  Though I guess race is loosely coined since swimming races are not really something I train much for.  (if you count my twice in the pool a week then I’m hardcore…)So with that being said, I did a lot of basebuilding miles again.  I feel kind of boring repetitive saying that every week (much like when I post my eats) but most of my runs are not too exciting.

I did a lot of ten milers and then about ½ mile of striders at the end.

Striders are basically sprinting the end to teach your body that it can indeed run on tired legs.  In cross country races (for my collegiate section) the matter of getting the top 15 in a race versus top 50 normally takes place in about 20 seconds.  So you need to be able to move it.

As to what I’m focusing on.

I find it easier this week to just type out what I did rather then explain it in paragraph form.  Plus it’s my blog so I do what I feel.


AM: 10.5 mile run

PM: 3000 meter swim

Back and Bicep p90X


AM Easy shakeout 8.1 mile run

PM: Scholarship Memorial 5k 19:03 (I’ll recap tomorrow…I know you are dying to read it)

Wednesday: 12.7 mile run

Thursday:  10.5 mile run (followed by travling to New York)

Friday: 15.2 long run on trails and on hills.  The elevation was rather pretty intense, changing in elevation by 150+ feet in short bursts.  I like hills though and I know this was the sort of run I needed toi do because that is how cross country is.  Not on pavement and not on flat ground.  So thus I must pound it into my head to try and take hilly trail running when I can.  I enjoy it though, the opportunities are just far and few in between.

Saturday: 2 mile open water swim.  The course was long and full of current.  I’m way behind race recaps and I’ll put that out sometime next week.  (I know-don’t cry…)

*No running, I told myself I would not run on a treadmill this summer and that was my only option.  So I didn’t run.

Sunday: 5k Open Water swim (yes, you are reading that correctly)

10.5 mile run (more of a shakeout then anything)

Total: 72 miles of running and too much swimming.  LOL, kidding of course-I enjoyed my workouts.  I don’t do anything I don’t enjoy. 

I was obviously hoping for 80, but sometimes life doesn’t work that way.  I took Saturday off from running and don’t regret it.


Where am I going now?

This is a pivotal week of training for me.  I am done with open water swims.  I will (maybe?) swim once a week (or for cross training) but there is no need for me to swim consistently.  So I won’t.  I’m not going to burn more calories and energy when I don’t need too.

My once or twice a week swims are being replaced with running specific weight training to reduce injury likelyness and also rest.

Question for you:

Do you run on the treadmill? 

What was best/favorite workout this week?