Rock N Roll Chicago Training – Week 5

This has been a bit of a tough week for training but I managed to push through! Even though it’s just May, summer has arrived and the heat really got to me this week.  Here’s how it all went down:

Monday: Planned – 4 miles easy. Actual – 4 miles @ 10:22 pace, 30 minutes swimming.

This was a good run.  I started out easy and progressed during the run, but focused on keeping my heart rate down.  I was a bit sore from yoga on Sunday and this helped loosen me up.  That evening, I had my swimming lesson.

Tuesday: Planned – 45 minutes cross train.  Actual – 45 minutes elliptical.

I’ve come to enjoy cross-training Tuesdays.  I use this time to catch up on all my blogs I follow since most bloggers tend to write their updates on Sunday and Monday.  The time goes by quickly!

Wednesday: Planned – 5 miles speedwork, 30 minutes strength.  Actual – 1 mile warmup, 3 miles speedwork ladder, 1 mile cooldown.  30 minutes strength, 30 minutes swim.

I was looking forward to this speed workout all week! I let Christina pick the workout this week and she chose a ladder.  We started with a 1 mile warmup, then did the following: 200m (100m rest), 300m (100m), 400m (200m), 500m (200m), 600m (300m), 500m (200m), 400m (200m), 300m (100m), 200m (100m), 1 mile cooldown.  I enjoyed this workout so much, I just programmed my watch and got lost in the intervals, I really had a hard time remembering where I was in the workout.  I focused on trying to jog as much during the recoveries as possible.

I found that this week, I was able to hit the paces easier than the week before.  My legs felt stronger and were able to turnover at the right speed.  I definitely felt this toward the top of the ladder though in my lungs.  Overall, I was pleased with this workout.  I finished and did 30 minutes of strength training focusing on my glutes, quads, and inner thighs.

Wednesday night I had another swim lesson.  My legs were definitely burning when we were treading water and we swam a lot of laps.  I was completely wiped at the end of Wednesday.


Thursday: Planned – 5 miles recovery pace.  Actual – rest day.

Since I was so dead from Wednesday, and I had an early meeting on Thursday, I made the call to sleep in, and it was totally the right call.  My body needed the rest!

Friday: Planned – rest day.  Actual – rest day.

I met my friend Stephanie at her gym.  She’s recently started on a journey to get more active and I promised to show her some simple body weight exercises and a few of the weight machines.  It was great to get moving and spend some time with her! Really great way to start the day!

Saturday: Planned – 7 miles.  Actual – 9 miles @ 10:55 pace.

IMG_20150509_073942513_HDRNext weekend I have to work one of the days, so I switched the mileage I had on the calendar.  I decided to do the 9 miles this weekend and then I’ll only need to do 7 next weekend.  I met Amanda at the river and it was HOT but also very humid.  My body doesn’t respond well to the first few hot runs, and I just wasn’t feeling it in general.  Thank goodness I had her with me or else I definitely would have done a lot of walking.  Having running buddies really does help keep you going!

This was one of those runs where no matter how hard you try, doubts start to creep in.  Toward the end of the run, I started having thoughts about how the weather will be similar to this on race day in Chicago….and how can I possibly run a sub 2 in this weather?  I tried my best to push them away, but they’re still there.  I am just going to work as hard as I can over the next couple of months and see what happens.  I know my body will adapt, and one run does not define me.  I’d be lying if I didn’t disclose that it was a bit of a discouraging run, though.

IMG_20150509_133850482Saturday afternoon Brian and I went to Big Peach Running Company.  He will be spending this summer in Boston (wahhhhh!!) because he got a co-op at MIT.  (For those who don’t know, he’s currently working on his PhD in Nuclear Engineering at Georgia Tech).  He told me that he wants to “do some running” while he’s in Boston because it’s such a big running city and he’s going to be living near the water.  We went to get him fitted for shoes.  The last time he got fitted was about 3 years ago, and he left the store (a store in Virginia) with what he felt like were an ill-fitting pair.  He hasn’t replaced them since, and also doesn’t run at all because of it.  Brian also has issues with his knees which keeps him from running.

Dave at Big Peach fixed Brian right up! He got some proper fitting shoes and was even smiling as he was running in them around the store! I can only hope that he comes back from Boston as a runner!

Saturday night we went to Three Taverns Brewery with my classmates from Emory.  It’s graduation weekend for us! We had the whole crew out for food, beer, and games.  I technically finished my classes back in December, but it still feels good to celebrate.  We all worked so hard for the past three years, working full time and going to school in the evening.  We have our actual ceremony tomorrow!!


Sunday: Planned – yoga.  Actual – walk and rest.

I have a lot of stuff to do to get ready for the week so I’m going to skip yoga and focus on food prepping, etc.

This week, I’m going to try to switch some things around in my schedule.  My swim lessons will be on Mondays/Wednesdays for the next four weeks, and Thursday mornings need to be a rest day after such an intense day on Wednesdays.  I’m going to move my run to either Thursday nights or Friday morning and see how that works out for me.  I also am going to focus on continuing to eat well.  I had a lot of cravings last week and managed to hold out from them for the most part.  Chrissy and I are trying Yasso 800s on Wednesday and I can’t wait!!  I hope everyone has a great week!

What’s your favorite speed workout?

Any suggestions of things to do/see in Boston?

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