Sunday: 8.8 mile bike ride. Yes, you read that correctly! I am trying to cross train more, so I started off the week with a ride. The real decision was made because it was the afternoon and I hadn’t run yet, and it was hot. That made the bike look significantly more appealing! It wasn’t far, it wasn’t pretty, but it happened.
Monday: 5 mile pace run. My plan describes pace runs as including a 2 mile warm up, and 1 mile cool down in the total mileage. Easy-peasy. 2 miles warm-up at 8:34 pace, one mile at 7:30 pace, one mile at 7:34 pace, one mile cool down at 9 minute pace–on the treadmill. It was raining, and I was wimpy. I listened to a “What I Missed in History Class” podcast about an 1897 Failed Attempt at a Hot Air Balloon Expedition. Opium and Morphine aside, I think they were more than doomed from the start. Kudos to them for trying! Kind of made my “work-out-in-the-basement-on-the-treadmill-so-I-don’t-have-to-get-my-feet-wet” attempt look REALLY wimpy. I did, for the record, live to tell…just saying.
Tuesday: 5 miles. Cool beans. Done. 8:02 average pace. Humid but delightfully cool!
Wednesday: Cross train. cycling 9.3 miles. Upper body strengthening and core work. I am impressed that I did 2 rides this week. I think my running shoes are mad.
Thursday: REST. I took the kids on a 10 mile trail bike ride. It was flat, averaged 9.5 mph, but I was tired after. Note to self. REST ON REST DAYS. Realistically, I will not refuse if my kids want to exercise–It comes with the deal.
Friday: 4 Miles. 4 miles on medium tired legs…Upper body strengthening, and core work.
Saturday: 8 miles. My first “long run” of this training cycle. It was OK. I was tired, and bloated feeling. I did the first mile with Lily (my youngest, 12). Then she ran back home. My average pace was 8:29/mile. I already learned a lot this first “pseudo-long” run…hydrate properly before (big time oops), and eat properly the night before. Munching on a bag of Goldfish while watching TV, not good. I also need to get up earlier to beat the sun. Week one of the 18 week cycle is complete. November 7 feels like a long wait. Right now, I am thankful. I have a lot of work to do!
Tell me your Saturday or weekend favorite…mine was a relaxing summer, family dinner on Friday night! I am looking forward to reading race recaps on Monday. 🙂
I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Hanna for shattering her old marathon PR! You rocked it!
Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s out there! Love you, Dave. Happy Father’s Day, Dad and Roy!