This week was 51 miles of “real running” and 13 “miles” pool running, plus 2500 yards of swimming breathing drills -- training log is here.
Big cut back this week, as I raced a mile on Wednesday night (so rested up before). The mile was simultaneously a) not my best performance time wise, but b) a confidence boost. I went out hard, and ultimately crashed, but in the process learned that I could run pretty damn fast. So, I’ll run another, armed with this new info, and increased confidence.
After the mile, a lot of people developed some weird allergic reaction – got sore throats, congestion, and sneezing. In my case, it ended up evolving into some sort of sinus infection that bugged me for a few days (not totally unsurprising – my new asthma meds predispose me to that sort of thing, unfortunately). Running didn’t seem to set me back, so I kept running and doing my workouts, but just kept the workouts on the slower side. I focused on effort (as I always try to do), and didn’t let the fact that I was slower than my norm phase me.
We return to track workouts next week – I’m pretty psyched. Hopefully this bug will be completely kicked by then.
Monday: In the morning, some light weights work plus 2000 yards of swimming breathing drills. 6.5 easy miles (8:09 pace) at night, followed by foam rolling.
Tuesday: In the morning, 4 miles easy (untimed) plus a full set of drills and strides. Followed with injury prevention work and 20 minutes of easy pool-running. Foam rolling at night.
Wednesday: In the morning, 500 yards of easy swimming drills. In the evening, 2.5 mile warm-up, drills+strides, and then a mile race in 5:39.
Thursday: In the morning, upper body strengthwork followed by 60 minutes of easy poolrunning for “6 miles.” 4 miles easy (8:12 pace) plus foam rolling and stretching at night.
Friday: In the morning, 8 miles, including a tempo workout of 20:12 for 5000m (average pace of 6:31, split as 6:36, 6:29, 6:23, 0:44). Followed with injury prevention work and 30 minutes of shakeout pool-running. Pilates and foam rolling in the afternoon.
Saturday: In the morning, 10 miles easy (8:14 pace). Upper body strengthwork plus stretching and foam rolling in the afternoon.
Sunday: In the morning, 14.5 mile progression run – averaged 7:33 pace, split as first 5 at 8:14, next 4 at 7:23, final 5.5 at ~7:00. Followed with injury prevention work and then 20 minutes shakeout pool-running. Yoga and foamrolling in the afternoon.