Marathon Training: Week 2
So it’s been 15 days since my last full rest day. Though I am the first to tell you how important it is to give your body a break, I just haven’t had the time to take a day off. I know how backwards that sounds but I do plan to take at least one (maybe two) this weekend and it’s like a light at the end of a tunnel!
Let’s review this past week:
Monday: I went to crossfit and the WOD was a 1 mile time trial and then mobility exercises (pullups, ring dips, L-sits). I think my fastest in junior high (when I threw discus in track and had to occasionally run) was a 7:35. And one time, during the Brew Mile, I did a 7:32. But these legs have been a little slower lately so I was thrilled when I did my mile around a 7:55 on Monday.
Tuesday: Crossfit Endurance. I kept looking at the Crossfit website for the workout to see if I should add some miles before, but it was never posted. So I decided to not workout before-hand and I was pretty happy with my decision. Though we didn’t do much distance, we did sprint hard. Our workout was 8 x 200s with a 60 second break in between rounds. My fastest was :46 and my slowest :57. It was so fun to sprint for a short distance but the next day my legs felt a different kind of soreness than when doing slower, longer runs. I think I prefer distance running, thank you.
Wednesday: This is my speed training day and I couldn’t really sleep the night before in anxiety. I haven’t done enough of these workouts to feel confident in my ability and my plan called for a total of 5 miles: 3 of which were mile repeats between 8:21-8:26 (which is fast for me!) I started running around 6:45am and did my first mile slowly around the neighborhood. Then I took off for my next mile. The one thing I could have done better is pick a route that didn’t involve crossing streets during morning traffic as it did slow me down occasionally. But the first mile clocked in right at 8:02. I then did a 400 meter jog to catch my breath before mile 3. This one was around a 8:15 and my fourth was about the same. I cooled down with an easy mile home. Though I was really happy to stick with my plan and keep the paces in the right spot, I was exhausted! The first two speed miles weren’t horrible but that third one was rough. Three days in a row of fast running and my legs felt like jello! But after a full day of work, I couldn’t resist going to crossfit that afternoon. Though the first two parts of the workout weren’t too leg-intensive, we ended with 8 minutes of sled pushing. Luckily, I was on a team of awesome ladies and so I personally didn’t have to push a 95lb sled all on my own! Though at times I felt like I was moving with my feet stuck in a fly trap, I did consciously think about how these types of workouts are making my legs stronger for running.
Thursday: The birth of our nation. From the lakes of Minnesota, from the hills of Tennessee….Typically, JD and I always go up to Carmel and run the Freedom Fest race. But now that we are downtowners, we decided to try The Firecracker 6 instead. We met our friends: Ted, Jake, Meghan, Adam, Martha, RJ etc downtown for this 6-miler. Meg and I had strategized earlier that this was not going to be a true race for us. We were both supposed to do a slower 5 miler at some point last week so swapped out this race instead and decided to keep the pace the same. This meant we were going to run around a 10:20/mile the entire time. Though normally I would say that was slow and quite boring for a race, I am not sure that I could have run much faster on Thursday. My legs were dead. From the three days of speed running + sled pushing, these leggos were lethargic. I am sure Meg could have pushed the speed as she seemed to feel great, but I was grateful for the laid-back pace and the company. JD got 11th overall which is amazing and it really was a fun race. We ate popsicles right after, took some pictures and then headed to Acapulco Joes for a traditional American Breakfast before starting our 4th festivities.
Friday: After a day of drinking, eating and socializing, I was pretty sure my 10-mile run on Friday wasn’t going to happen. I texted my fellow Perfect Stranger, Amy, late Thursday night and told her to go on without me – my legs needed a break. But when I woke up around 9am, I decided to give it a whirl. Worst case – I would run my 4 miler and best case – I’d knock out all 10 miles for my weekly long run. And let me tell you – what a difference a day makes! The minute I started running I felt 100x better than I did on Thursday. My legs felt fresh and rested. My pace was strong. My breathing normal. Though it was humid, the temps were in the 60s and I knew within the first mile that I was going to do my long run that day. I started at my house, ran to the Monon and then knocked out most of the miles there. I took a break at mile 5 and at mile 8 but otherwise held strong and my overall pace was 9:52. I felt pretty darn great. Afterwards, JD and I went to lunch (where we found the most disgusting beetle in his food. GROSS!) and when I came home, I spent my day off the most perfect way: laying out in the sun with my pup.
Saturday: Waking up on a Saturday with my long run already complete is about as blissful as it gets. JD and I went to Crossfit which was “Crossfit for Hope” WOD. This consists of 3 rounds: 1 minute of burpees, 1 minute of snatches (55#), 1 minute of box jumps, 1 minute of thrusters (55#) and 1 minute of chest to bar pullups. Though I can’t do chest-to-bar pullups, I did do all my own pullups without the band! My score was 161 (total reps in all 3 rounds) and though I have a few battle wounds (bruises on my legs from my poor snatch technique and hand rips also from snatches) it was an awesome workout and loved cheering on JD while he did his!
Sunday: After a late night of dancing at Talbot Street with new friends, JD and I barely got up in time for the noon crossfit. This work out was 4 rounds of a 500m run, 15 power cleans and walking lunges while holding a 25# plate over your head. We definitely sweat out any evil doing this WOD. After another lazy day of laying out and watching TV, I finally wrapped up my training week with a run. It was hot and sweaty but the distance was low and the pace easy.
Week 2: 27 miles of running; 5 days of crossfit; 6ish miles biking; 2 hours of sweaty dancing at Talbot Street. What better way to celebrate a tough week?
Ice cream. Don’t skimp on the toppings.