This week was 56 miles of running, 1000 yards of swimming and 18 "miles" of pool-running -- training log is here.
So after being on it for about 10 days, I decided I didn't like the Slynd (progestin only birth control pill). My breathing's just a bit harder than I would like, and I feel fatigued. So I'm going to try an IUD, which will be a localized dose of progestin (taking the pill means that the progestin affects your whole system).
This week had some ups and downs. Tuesday's workout looks nice as written, but it was a real struggle, with my legs locking up on me any time I tried to accelerate hard or heard a noise behind me. The good news, of course, is that what is now considered a bad day would have been a very good day two months ago.
Friday I headed over to Yorktown/Greenbrier track to run a tempo, forgetting that Greenbrier track doesn't drain well (or basically at all). It was lightly raining, and the track was slick and covered in puddles (and silt in one corner). But I was there so I just did the best I could. As it turned out, I relaxed into a tempo rhythm and pace that was just right for an 8K tempo, so I stretched out my planned 16 laps to 20.
To balance out the spontaneous long tempo on Friday, I did Iwo Jima hills on Sunday, rather than a progressive long run. I wanted to do hills again to work on my gait, given my issues on Tuesday, and a progressive long run just seemed like too much of the same thing (continuous lower end aerobic workout) and too close to the 8K tempo. The hills went OK - the uphill felt great, while the downhill stride was challenging. I'm glad I did them.
I did really struggle with the humidity on the cooldown, despite slurping a salty gel and drinking a lot of water - to the point where I had to skip my recovery swim due to cramping. I'll be glad when I'm off of the Slynd (supposedly Slynd is associated with substantial dehydration and loss of sodium - and I definitely feel like I am experiencing both).
Monday: 9 "miles" of pool-running and streaming yoga. Foam rolling at night.