week 3: knocked it just about outta the park
Also known as, the week in which my body is finally starting to settle down.
I don’t actually have a lot of snarky comments about this week because everything really rolled right along. My PT approved 15 minutes of swimming, which I did with very little repercussion. My pulled intercostal, I think, is healed or healing, and my tight lat/shoulder connector thinger is calming down. I admittedly have been terrible about foam rolling this week, which will probably bite me in the ass at this afternoon’s PT beating, but I’ve still been consistently icing. Even though this was a step back week on the schedule, my mileage was a slight step up because I took two rest days last week while being cranky sick. I did my first interval workout this week, 4x800, the intention of which was to run comfortably hard and set a baseline for this training cycle. Check. I had another confidence-boosting tempo workout this week, running a 2x2 miles tempo and seeing splits that started with a “7” for the first time in my entire life (well, for longer than the .1 at the end of a 5K). I’m going to wait a while longer to really analyze training with a group over the years of training I did by myself, but having a pack to work with in these workouts is making such a huge and awesome difference in both my splits and my mental game. I didn’t hit all the cycling miles I wanted to this week, but I’m still maintaining a decent base so I’m okay with that.
Looking ahead to this week, mileage is going to be low. I’m going to replace the tempo with an easy run because I’m running the LTRYW 5K on Sunday. I will likely either swim or take a complete rest day on Saturday, and I’ll do a warm-up and some cool-down miles around the 5K, but I won’t have a real long run this week.
And I’m putting it out there for everyone to see, I am standing up and shouting it loud: I am hoping for a massive PR. I set a fantastic PR back in July (27:35) which I was thrilled with, but based on the past month or so of my training, I think I can crush it. I’m trying not to set any solid time goals, but this is the thought in my head: there are not going to be many more opportunities in my life for me to possibly take 3+ minutes off a 5K PR. And in the interest of not jinxing myself (because I'll be pissed if I fall down the steps Saturday night), that is really ALL I want to say about that.
Other than that, some awesome stuff has been going on over here. We’ve slowly but surely been working on redecorating our living room, and this weekend involved a bucket of paint and a project that I spent about 6 hours working on Saturday afternoon which involved 4 trips to craft stores (my personal hell). I don’t have anything really ready to post yet, but I will give you this sneak peek:
We can't afford a new couch yet (more on this tomorrow), but don't worry, that clashy pink thing will soon be history.
Monday: 60 minutes lifting (L), 61 minutes/14.2M recovery trainer ride
Tuesday: 35 minutes lifting (A then @PT), 52 minutes/5.5M interval run, 50 minutes/5M pool run
Wednesday: 57 minutes lifting (L), 1:27/21.6M ride
Thursday: 35 minutes lifting (A), 53 minutes/6.2M tempo run
Friday: 15 minutes PT-approved swimming
Saturday: 55 minutes/6M long run
Saturday: 55 minutes/6M long run
Sunday: 30 minutes/3.2M recovery run, 1:15 yoga
How was your weekend? How is your training going? Do you like puppies?