Monday, August 1, 2016

Training log - Week ending 7/31/16

This week was 49 miles of running, 26 "miles" of pool-running and 1000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.

Another week of putting in the mileage, on land and in the water.  I did pull back some during the second half of the week, before racing a 5K on Sunday.

 I've been experimenting some with how much running I can get away with in the last few days before a race - I usually do 0-4 miles the day before a  5-10K race, and no more than 7 miles two days pre-race. But I bumped the mileage up a bit this week, as an experiment.

My conclusion is that I probably did a bit too much in the days before the race - while my legs weren't truly tired, they also weren't as sharp as I would have liked (of course, that also could have been the humidity).  So that's a lesson for next time.

Of course, it also could just be that I've been doing so many flights of stairs recently.  We're halfway through a major kitchen renovation, which means that our "kitchen" is in the basement.  And also that nearly all of the first floor of the house is off limits. Which means a LOT of trips up and down two flights of stairs, from the second floor to the basement and back.   Sort of like a bit of extra hill running.

The nice thing is that if all remains on schedule (and so far it is - knock on wood), we'll be done with the kitchen renovation just in time for marathon training to kick into high gear.

[which also means I'll have to be moving furniture back into place at the same time marathon training is peaking, but I'm trying not to think too much about that one...]

In the meantime, I'm getting sick of stairs.  And paper plates.  And the Whole Foods hot bar.  /whine.


Monday: yoga and 7.5 "miles" pool-running; 2.5 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling at night.

Tuesday: 11 miles, including a track workout of 4x1200, 2x400 (4:41, 4:37, 4:37, 4:31, 89, 85), followed by injury prevention work and 1000 yards recovery swimming.

Wednesday: 7 miles very easy (9:00) to yoga, then yoga.  Later did 5 miles very easy (8:37). Foam rolling in the evening.

Thursday: Upper body weights, core, and 10 "miles" pool-running.  Foam rolling at night

Friday: 8.5 miles, mostly easy, but with a mile pick-up in 6:13. Followed with drills and two hill sprints.  Foam rolling later.

Saturday: 6 miles very easy (8:42), plus drills and strides.  Foam rolling in the afternoon.

Sunday: 3.5 mile warm-up, 5K race in 20:22, and then 5 mile "warm-down." Followed with injury prevention work.  6 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling in afternoon.

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