Friday, September 25, 2015

Fitness Friday

Hello and happy Friday! I'm nearing the end of peak training, and it seems like there is a light at the end of the tunnel! It's getting closer!

This week was relatively "easy".

Sunday - 12 miles at easy pace, average of 9:43. The weather was gorgeous - 40 degrees, but sunny enough to warm me up so much that I had to take my lightweight jacket off mid-run. It's finally starting to feel like fall! Some trees are starting to turn color too, and there's some leaves on the trail too.

Monday - 7 miles on the bike, but they were pretty slow. My average speed was 12.3mph. At one point, a few miles in, I thought "oh yea, I have gears that could make this hill a little easier." Duh. That's what happens when you work out at 5am sometimes. Not all pistons are firing...

Tuesday - Tempo Intervals - 3 x 2.5 miles with 3 min rest periods. This is the longest workout in my training cycle (versus long runs, not to be confused), and I'm so glad to have it behind me! Also, totally loving the new Garmin watch. With the workout plugged in, I didn't have to worry about laps and checking my watch every few minutes. Very cool. I walked the rest periods and did a little backtracking so that I didn't run out of road for this route. Overall, really good run. 1 mile warm up: 9:38, 1st 2.5 mi: 8:38, 2nd 2.5 mi 8:41, 3rd 2.5 mi 8:38, 1 mile cool down: 9:49. 

Wednesday - Normally a rest and/or cross training day, but I had to switch things up this week. So just an easy 3 miles. Yay for only 3 miles!! There is a light at the end of this peak-training tunnel. My body is TIRED, and even this 3 miles felt like hard work. 

Thursday - My company had planned on participating in the National Run@Work day sponsored by the Road Runners Club of America, (technically last week but rain delayed to this week). Unfortunately, no one else wanted to go. Since I had planned on running that evening no matter what, I decided to take my new treadmill for a test spin. It's pretty nice! Even better is that my new Garmin watch clocked my miles in a little faster than the treadmill said I was going, I guess based on the historical data from my cadence (yep, fancy), so I was able to still get split pace data while running inside. Cool!

It's ok, you can be jealous.
Friday - This morning was rough. I had no idea what day it was when my alarm went off, and I stood next to my dresser with my pants half on for a good 30 seconds trying to convince myself to get out on my bike. A good dose of healthy guilt kicked in, and I got a workout in. 7 miles on the bike, in foggy/misty weather. I know I'm not going to be able to ride outside for much longer, so better get it in now!

This weekend is my last "big" training weekend before taper. I have a 7 mile steady pace run for Sat, and 16 miles on Sunday with a "fast finish". The weather looks like it's supposed to hold out, so hopefully this is a successful end to my peak training!

How's your training going? Do you have treadmill envy?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a nice week of training. Good job getting out there this morning even though you weren't feeling it when you got up.

    Kick some butt this weekend and enjoy the miles!