Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bayshore Half Training: week 16!

Can I start to freak out a little that this race is in less than 3 weeks now and I'm running a 25k in 4 days???? Clearly, I was nuts when I signed up for all these races because they are taking a toll, mentally and physically.  I seriously just want to get through the next 3 weeks uninjured and celebrate with a beer...or 10.

On to the week:

Monday 4/29/13 - Plan RUN 3 MI - Did RUN 3.2 miles in 33:45 (10:32 pace).  A nice, easy run to shake out Saturday's half marathon.  

Tuesday 4/30/13 - Plan BIKE (:45) - Did STRENGTH (:30) The chiro wants me working on my weak glutes so I did the exercises he gave me on Monday plus a lot of stretching and rolling.

Wednesday 5/1/13 - Plan RUN 6 MI tempo - Did RUN but my tempo was a fail.  The legs just didn't have it in them after the hilly half and since I'm trying to listen to my body, I cut the run short.  Ran 4.24 miles in 42:27 min (10:00 pace) in the pre-dawn hours and then ran 2 more miles in 21:12 (10:35 pace) after school.  So, I got in my miles but not in the way I was supposed to.

Thursday 5/2/13 - Plan RUN 2 MI/STRENGTH (:30) - RUN 2 miles in 19:33 (9:46 pace) and STRENGTH (:30) - the same butt routine as Tuesday.  My swimming? SUCKS

Friday 5/3/13 - Plan SWIM (:30) - Did SWIM (:30) - 1000 yards and they sucked. It's amazing how quickly one can forget how to swim.

Saturday 5/4/13 - Plan RUN 10 miles - Did RUN 10 miles in 1:44:15.  A solid run on the Butterworth Hills portion of the race coming up next weekend.  Had a little mental break in the middle (this is becoming a nasty trend) but pulled my shit together and finished strong.

Sunday 5/5/13 - Plan SWIM/BIKE BRICK (:15 / 1:10) - did BIKE 7.8 miles in 33:23 outside on my hybrid.  Brick workouts were build into my plan with the thought I'd be doing an early June triathlon - but I've bagged that idea.  I'm not ready and I need a racing break after Bayshore.  

I didn't really plan to have a week with no rest days, but the swim and bike workouts weren't very strenuous so I'm not going to stress about it.  This coming week I'm tapering a little for the 25k so I'll make up the rest days then.

I want to leave you with a video of what has become one of my favorite songs to run to: Quiet Your Mind by Zac Brown Band. If you have 4 minutes, I encourage you to listen to the lyrics. I plan to have this song pop up a couple times in my playlists for the next two races to remind myself to soak it all in and enjoy the ride.

Do you have a song that helps you settle like this one does for me?

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