After a not so great end to my workouts last week (including skipping my long run because of not feeling well), I was more than ready for a morale-boosting week. Despite an extra, unplanned rest day, I managed to do just that. Right now I’m just working on building my base slowly with a large focus being on running since I have a few running races planned between now and May. I *almost* signed up for the Galena Triathlon in mid-May, but have decided not to. If you’re interested, I updated my race schedule for 2014 and you can find it here.
I need to sneak some trainer rides back into my regimen, but I have been going to spin at least twice a week. I know it’s not the same, but I kind of love it. Biking is a weak area for me, but I’m just loving focusing on running right now. My goal for this week will be to get in at least one trainer ride in addition to spin; a happy medium. Depending on the weather I may head out to Wauconda on Sunday for a St. Patrick’s themed ride. I’m not sure if this will pan out, however, since the forecast currently looks like a high of 33 and snow. Does anyone else feel like this winter is planning on sticking around forever? Anyways, here’s what I was up to last week:
Monday, March 3: Unplanned rest day due to an unplanned 12 hour day at work. Eh, it happens. I was physically and mentally exhausted. Monday is my typical pool day though, so I didn’t get in a water workout this week.
Tuesday, March 4: Another unplanned rest day due to work. AH! I’ve been doing yoga and running on Tuesdays for the past few weeks, but I missed yoga because of staying at work late and then couldn’t will myself to get to the gym for speedwork. Hopefully the last time this happens for awhile! Work has been a little crazy lately, to say the least, but it should be smoother sailing from here on out.
Wednesday, March 5: Finally got back into my groove and headed to the gym for a speed workout on the treadmill. My training plan called for 8×400 (400 RI) at a 8:36 pace. I loved this workout; I felt strong during the intervals and jogged through the rest intervals. I did have to stop a few times to stretch out my calves, but other than that, the workout went great.
Thursday, March 6: 1 hour spin. This was one of my favorite spin classes to date; I clicked with the instructor and the music kept me motivated. Lots of sprint intervals and hills, this was a great class.
Friday, March 7: Friday is my typical rest day, but since I had a slow start to my week I changed it up… and finally got a pre-work workout in! It’s seriously been awhile since I’ve done this; I’ve been doing all my workouts after work lately. My training plan called for 3 miles at 9:31; I ended up taking it a little too fast and averaged 9:21. I honestly felt terrific during this run and continued to feel this way for the rest of the day. There is nothing like endorphins to start your day off right!
Saturday, March 8: 1 hour spin. There was a sub teaching the class and she was amazing. It was the hardest class I’ve taken to date and I definitely worked my ass off. I was sweating buckets and my legs were spent by the end. I loved it!
Sunday, March 9: I was in need of a morale-boosting long run; 2 weeks ago I had a terrible 5 miler that I struggled through and I skipped my long run last week because my shins were bugging me and I was not feeling great. This run did just that; my plan called for 6 miles at 10:01, but I ended up negative splitting my run and finishing with an average of 9:49. I can’t say enough good things about this run. I got a late start because of DST, but once I got out there I felt magical. This was one of those runs that just makes you remember how much you love running. The weather was in the low 30’s and it was super windy out, but I felt like I could go on forever. My heart rate stayed low and I looked at the run as an adventure versus a workout. When my Garmin beeped at 6 miles, I wasn’t ready for it to be over. Man, if only all of my runs were like this… It might have helped that I had a 90-minute sports massage scheduled afterwards, but hey… whatever works. 🙂 I’m already feeling prepared for my 10 miler in May; hopefully a new PR is in my future!