Last week's workouts
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 1400m swim (morning)
Trainerroad - Virginia (evening)
Wednesday: 45 minute low heart rate run
Trainerroad - Virginia (evening)
Saturday: Trainerroad - Virginia
30 minute brick run
Total: 11 hours training, 165km
Random info of the week. Almost two hours on the trainer is kind of long. I mucked it up on Tuesday when I didn't eat enough at dinner and didn't consider that I might need some fueling during the workout, which led to me yelling at the kids halfway through to bring me some candy from whatever was left of their Halloween stashes. Not exactly ideal fuel but it did the job! And I was much better prepared when I repeated the workout on Thursday and Saturday. Although the power goal on this week's trainer workout was easy, I was pretty tired by the end each time. But at the same time, each time through got a little easier - progress!
|Getting tips on how to relax from the master. Ginger is an expert sleeper.|
Thursday morning I hauled myself out of bed and to the pool for lap swim, only to find the parking lot oddly empty and the pool dark. I mean, it's always pretty empty at 5:30 am, but no cars at all was definitely not right! A little googling and bingo.
Would have been nice to know that BEFORE I got up early...And by the time I figured it out it was too late to head to the Y for their lap swim, as I'd only have had about 20 minutes before I would have had to leave to come home. #swimfail
Then Friday things took a U-turn. I forgot* my heart rate monitor. But when I got ready to run, I was glad I had, since I was kind of dreading the low heart rate runs. Although I was working really hard to maintain a positive attitude about it...I was pretty much failing. So I went out and just ran what felt easy and I loved it.
*it was in my bag the whole time. Maybe I just chose not to see it?
So that's the end of that experiment. If I'm not enjoying running, then what is the point, really? This is my hobby, after all. I'll stick to easy paced runs for the next few weeks, but the easy pace will be by feel instead of heart rate. I don't regret trying the low heart rate experiment (it was a much needed mental break from training for intensity, and now I have a better handle on what 'easy pace' really means for me right now), but I'm much more excited about running now that I'm declaring it over!
|My post-run selfies were even more disastrous than usual, so here's some rocks.|
|His 'n hers trainers. Awwwww, aren't we adorable.|
All in all, it was a great week. I'm feeling super energized and like I'm on the right track with things right now. Keeping it rolling! I'll probably talk a bit more about my swimming next week since things are getting interesting there - but I want to get in a few more solid workouts before I get too excited.
Next week's workouts. Last week of my Trainerroad plan, so a reduction in volume which will be enjoyable. Run will stay about the same. And the whole family is home on Friday for a PD day so I can hopefully sneak out for a swim!
Tuesday: morning swim, evening 60 minute trainer
Wednesday: Lunch run, 8-10k
Thursday: morning 60 minute trainer
Friday: 7k run, lunch hour swim
Saturday: 60 minute trainer, 30 minute brick run
Sunday: long run, 2k swim