Dec 23


This is a rest week for my marathon training schedule.  So, one would assume that with less time spent running, I could spend more time blogging.  Not so apparently.  With Christmas approaching and the shit hitting the fan at work, I’ve been otherwise occupied.

Nevertheless, I thought I would provide a quick update on how my training is going.

Long Run Friday

Last week saw a long run of 14 miles.  I actually felt pretty good on this run other than being starving.  I started the run later than I had wanted and ended up running through the lunch hour.  By the time I got home, I was famished.  I remedied this by consuming an entire frozen pizza.  This was also my longest iPod-free run.  Going into the run, I actually was dreading the distance and feared that I would be missing the music towards the end of the run.  Mile 12 is when I actually thought about the iPod.  And it wasn’t because I was missing it.  I basically thought, “Hmmm, this is about where I thought I was going to be wanting some music – I guess not.”

Long Ride Saturday

Saturday was a biking day.  I did 2 hours on the trainer; my longest effort on the trainer this season.  I tuned into the Ironman Kona coverage at 4:30 and hopped on the bike.  It made for good motivation to keep going.  I even found myself enjoying the commercials and not fast forwarding through them.  However, I wish the coverage would have been longer and that they would have focused on more age groupers. 


I just had to do an easy 6 on Sunday.  After 14, the six felt like nothing.  I actually ended up just running wherever my feet took me.  It was probably the most meandering route I have done it a while, but it was nice to just cruise along without a care in the world.


Monday and Tuesday were off days for running.  I can’t remember that last time I took two days off running in a row.  Even after my last marathon, I was back two days later for a short 3 mile run.  However, I decided to follow the schedule and give my legs some rest.  It should be especially good for my hamstring which acts up on me every once in a while.

That said, I couldn’t simply do nothing.  So, instead of running, I have swam both days and biked on Tuesday.  On Monday, I did 2500 yards straight at the pool in about 45 minutes.  After the swim, I went out to lunch to Yesterdog with a couple guys from the pool.  Nothing like a couple of Yesterdogs to cancel out the benefits of a long swim.  Tuesday was another 2500 yards, but in 500 yard intervals this time instead. 

I followed up the swim on Tuesday with 60 minutes on the trainer.  Didn’t really want to do it, but I want to keep my legs (and butt) in shape for when I can bike outside again.

And On

The rest of week continues to be an easy week run-wise.  I’ll total out the week at only 18 miles which will be both weird and nice.

I probably won’t be back blogging until next week sometime after the holiday craziness winds down a bit.  Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!  I hope Santa brings everyone the Cervelo, Garmin, and other tri-gear they want!

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  1. kristin

    I did an iPod-free 20 mile run in preparation for the Ironman. It’s actually kind of nice right? I LOVE your post-workout refueling choices 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  2. Jennifer

    Merry Christmas Kevin!

  3. Tricia

    looks like a good week !

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