Monday, February 6, 2012

Week 3: HIM Training

I have nothing to really complain about from last weeks training. I actually thought I had an ok week besides one blah day. Here's how it went:

Monday: Rest Day ~ Bike 4 miles

Mondays are rest days on my schedule. I will always have a small amount of mileage though since I commute to work either by walking, running, or biking. This week I chose to bike.

Tues: Bike 27 miles, Run 5 miles
It was super nice out with a high of 70 for the day I think. I went into work from 6:30 - 3pm so I could ride at Haines after work. And it was just to nice out not to run so I met Carly for a nice easy lunch time run. It's always nice meeting a friend and being able to chit chat. I can't think of a better way to spend my lunch break.

Kristine was able to met me down at HP after work, so I had a bike buddy for the day as well. It was a nice easy ride as I am still getting used to my new tri bike. I am thankful though for the nice weather we have been having and it has been so nice to ride outside instead of on the trainer.

Wed: Run: 6.65, Swim 2500 yards
My new shoes came in the night before and I did a small run commute of 2 miles to test them out. My feet felt like I was running on fluffy clouds and I knew they were keepers. After work I attempted to do a tempo run. It was pretty much went like how you should not do a temp run! I went out way to fast and died at the end. My splits were: 6:51, 7:42, 8:06, 7:28. Last .65 were a cool down at 5:55.

Later in the evening I went to the pool with M while he was at his swim class. Swim felt great and I did a ladder that was 100-200-300-400-500 and back down. I somehow finished just as his class was finishing up and we stayed a little extra so I could tried to help M with his stroke.

Thurs: Bike 10.5, 20 min strength
Bike commute of 4 miles then a failed attempt on the trainer. I felt tired and unmotivated when I got home from coaching. I spun for 25 minutes and felt like I was doing it half assed so I just stopped. I was suppose to ride an hour, but I don't think the world is going to end that I only did half the workout. I did manage to do some gymnastics strength with the girls I coach though. I need to do more strength in general.

Friday: Run 5.64, Swim 2600 yards
In the morning I did a mile warm up run then did 5 x Capitol Hill repeats. This was my first day of hill work and I thought it went ok. I would like to add a couple more repeats so I need to remember to wake up a bit earlier.

After work I ran 1.5 miles to the pool so give myself a little more time before it closes for classes at 5pm. I had 50 minutes in the pool and set out to do 4 x 700s. I only managed to finish 3 sets and my last set was only a 500 before the life guards kicked me out.

Sat: Bike 31 miles
2 hours of biking glared at me on my schedule and I wasn't sure if I wanted to ride outside or on the trainer. In the end I was a cold weather baby and chose to ride inside. This is the longest I have been on the trainer and it wasn't so bad. I did a 15 min warm up, then 9 x (5min hard, 5 min easy) with a 15 min cool down. It also helped that I set it up in the middle of my aunts living room and I was surrounded by family. The best part of the ride was when my mom gave me a chocolate covered potato chip and hour into the workout. Yum.. thanks mom! I also thought it was cute that my cousin's son was asking me a bunch of questions. He is 5 and couldn't understand why I was riding my bike in the house...

Sunday: Run 11 miles
My mom made a great dinner on sat night that included roast beef, roasted veggies, and roasted red potatoes. I of course loved it so much I had leftovers for lunch on Sunday around 12:30ish. By the time I made it back to DC around 2 my stomach felt super full. I waited an hour to go run hoping my stomach would settle a bit. I still felt full an hour latter, but didn't want to wait and longer and lose my window or running while it was still light out. So out the door I went and from mile 1 - 11 my stomach killed me. I felt like was going to puke the entire time!

I wanted to stop, but at the same time I didn't. I had set a goal for myself of maintaining an 8 minute pace for this run. Surprising I actually maintained that pace despite feeling like shit. My splits were: 7:54, 7:47, 7:58, 8:01, 8:19, 8:03, 7:51, 7:57, 8:17, 8:01, and 8:07 :)

Total Miles for the week: 104

Happy Monday All :)


  1. Sounds like a good week! And you're right, cutting one workout short is not going to a big deal in the long run.

  2. Nice work! Running with a full stomach is awful! I read once that it is good practice though - someone said they sometimes eat super spicy and fatty burritos before long runs. If they can run well on that crap fuel then on race day it should be a breeze! Haha!