Monday: Recovery day. 20 minute walk on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the stationary bike. Also did some shoulder/biceps/triceps/chest/ab mat work. I can feel my core getting strong again. Making a commitment to more consistent strength training, especially once marathon training kicks off.
Tuesday: 4 mile run on the treadmill. Total time: 36:23. Nothing too special about this run but did try to hold a more steady, slightly faster pace than I’m used to (but not quite a tempo pace) — throughout the entire run.
I’m also happy to report that my backup marathon training shoes showed up! (Finally. Not happy with Saucony right now.)
Wednesday: Ughhhh worst run in a long time. 4.23 miles. Total time: 51:44. Started out feeling blah and with heavy legs. Then my legs and lower back started cramping up. Next, I started feeling nauseous. I had planned to do a 4 mile out-and-back so I ended up walking quite a bit on the way back with short periods of running mixed in. This felt like dehydration, but I thought I was plenty hydrated — maybe even more than usual that day.
Thursday: Squats/lunges/upper body and core work. Along with a 18.47 mile bike ride. Total time: 1:22:23. (Proud of my pace on this one — the last ride I did was 16.41 miles in 1:20. Pedestrians and stop lights can kill your pace around here.)
Friday: Rest, rest, rest, rest, rest! (Imagine me singing a little song to this.) My legs were SORE, in weird places, from the lower body strength work + bike ride the day before. After work I had lunch with a friend and then J and I went to our friends’ charity silent auction to help raise money for the MS Society.
Their TRAM team is going to bike approx. 250 miles across Minnesota to raise money for MS. The silent auction was a lot of fun! I hope they raised some good funds.
Saturday: 30 minute swim with Andrea.
The rain was pouring down when I woke up so instead of the run we were planning on, I met Andrea at her apartment building to swim in their indoor pool. I made up a little workout to keep myself entertained. It was something like this:
- 5 minute warm up including some kicking.
- My version of a ladder workout doing one length of the pool (down and back), then two, repeated all the way to five and then back down to one. I made an effort to push myself and briefly rested in between.
- Cool down
After our workout we relaxed in the hot tub for a bit.
Sunday: 12 miles. Total time: 1:58:18. I woke up to rain (again) so I headed to the gym. I knew that the treadmills only go up to 99 minutes and that wouldn’t be enough time for me to finish 12 miles (although that would be AWESOME), so after six miles I stopped my workout and then re-started it to do the second six miles. Overall the run went pretty well. I kept a nice, easy pace and my legs were feeling much fresher than earlier in the week. I took half of a GU after four miles and the other half four miles after that.
The only thing that I had a problem with was I got a blister on the arch of my left foot. This is super weird since I’ve never gotten a blister there before. Maybe my socks were weird? Or my shoe wasn’t tied tight enough? No clue.
After the run (oh, and I should mention that J had 20 miles on his schedule today and he chanced the weather and did his run outside and he totally made it without getting rained on at all!) we headed to the Twins game. I had gotten tickets through work and we had some pretty sweet seats!
But then, the rain came:
We ended up leaving during the rain delay since I think J and I were both pretty tired from our runs. We hadn’t been to a game yet this year and while I’m a big Twins fan, I’m an even bigger fan of baseball in general. So basically the ballpark is my happy place. Felt great to catch most of the game!
How was your weekend? Do you like baseball?