...and last week was the easiest week of the month...
It was fate I tell ya, FATE. Dang, that was a good burger and I love french fries, too.:)
Swim: warm up: 300 as (swim, pull and kick)main set: 15 x 350 (odd pull, even swim)Cool down: 250 easy (with some pull and kick)Oye. my arms are tired.
12 miles at MAF (142-153)
3 miles in the evening
Disneyland with the Redheads.
Bittersweet workout:I feel that I have been cheating this whole time. I don't think I have had two big workouts back to back (because my schedule is so screwed up) so the great feeling in my legs on those workouts was misleading. This weekend was the first time I have had a solid Thursday, Saturday then Sunday workout and boy were my legs feeling it. They felt really heavy and I just couldn't keep them moving at a cadence that would keep my HR up. If I relaxed at all, my HR would drop, even going uphill). I felt like I was slogging along because I couldn't lift my legs. But here is the weird part...I got to the first mile sub 9 min/ mile! Then I got to the top of the hill with a new PR for that run (18:57). I figured it was because I had to keep pushing to keep my HR up. I knew once the ground leveled off I could ease into a pace and just hold it there...wrong. Every time I relaxed, my HR went down, so I had to push for the first 6 mile loop. BTW, I PR'd by over 3 minutes for that loop too (53:43). But the hard was yet to come. I had to head back up the hill again. This time I knew I wouldn't have to push because my HR should be up already. I felt like I was dragging my feet, but I still got to mile 1 (7) in 9:20. Not bad for dragging them, then I got to mile 2 (8) in 20:20. Now that seems more like it. By mile 9 or so, I finally was able to ease into a pace.
Now, yesterday Lauren met with a track coach to help her with her form and one thing he pointed out was her arm movement. When I started to get tired I tried doing what he showed her and realized that when I get tired I do a weird twisting motion. Just straightening out my arms really helped.
This workout was the last of my "No nutrition" runs. At about mile 11, I was really feeling out of it. I had to stop at a traffic light and for some reason, I couldn't stop moving. I kept drifting to the right with this little involuntary crossover step. I was a bit freaked out that I might be electrolyte deficient, so I paid close attention to how I felt. Other than the initial drifting, I felt OK and made it back home in one piece... just a little slower than my previous PR for this run (58:50).
Quick day trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth"
Right as we got home from Disney, I put on my run clothes, then spent the next 30 minutes trying to decide if I wanted to go through with the run. Finally, Sheila walked by and said "Shit or get off the pot. You could have finished in the time you have wasted here".
The first few minutes was the worst. I was tight all over and I couldn't get into a rhythm. There was no way I was going to worry about HR, too. I ran 16 minutes out, then returned.
60 miles at Ea (120-131)
Good work out. I was supposed to swim before, but that didn't happen. I will get to it later
1:30 at 120- 131
30 minute run at MAF (141-152)
Run at lunch, ride after work. Good run. My HR monitor was on the fritz for the first part of the run. It settled in, so I was able to try and keep it within the proper hr zone. I am pretty sure I didn't run the first mile with a HR of 74. My PR on this run before was 28 minutes and this time I added 4 more blocks.
Swim: my workout was supposed to be a 300 warm up, 20 x 100 (odd pull, even swim) plus a cool down, but I had a splitting headache. I don't know if it was the goggles, the new earphones or the fact that I was congested and could hardly exhale out of my nose that caused/ exaggerated the headache. I just couldn't put my face in the water.
I got in the warm up, plus 4 100's and some kickboard stuff
Today's workout is 1:30 on the bike, plus an optional 20 minute run. Luckily today is the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The leg leaving from work is 2.2 miles, so there is my 20 minute run. Two birds, one stone...perfect.