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.
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!