However, it was also our highest mileage week, with about 55-56 miles total. That's quite a bit of miles! I know that the reason for some of my disappointing workouts is because of the fact that my body is tired. I'm looking forward to our taper/cutback week next week in preparation for the triathlon! It is in exactly ONE week!!
We had a scheduled 6 miles on our training plan and since it was extremely humid we decided to head to the gym to use the treadmills. I had a feeling that we were going to regret it, but I tried to ignore that feeling.
Listening to Detroit Runner next time!
This run did not go very well. Even though we brought water bottles and the treadmills had fans on them, I started to overheat immediately! At 3 miles I had to stop and walk for about .1 miles to try to cool off. We decided that we would only do 5 miles and I finished it in about 47 minutes (9:25 pace).
After that we hit the pool and did 1,000 yards. We did a 50 yard warm-up and then swam 900 yards consecutively. I did it in 12:53 and felt pretty good even though I was tired/sore from the run. We did another 50 yards as a cool-down.
We switched our bike workouts this week and did our 20 miler in the middle of the week. Mike made a great route that was 95% flat! I felt AMAZING in the beginning and hit sub 4 minute pace the majority of the time. At an hour I had gone about 15 miles, but then I slowed down a little bit in the end. The wind got to me and I was starting to get tired. I did 20.19 miles in 1:23 (14.5 mph). Not too bad!
We were going to do our 15 mile ride on Thursday, but we were both pretty tired so we just did our swim workout. We had another consecutive 900 yard swim (plus another 100 yards for our warm-up and cool-down) and I did it in 12:29 this time!
I had to work until 5pm on Friday, but it was still really hot when I got home. We waited about an hour and then headed out to Webster North Ponds Park to do a tempo run. As soon as we started I knew that I wouldn't be able to do the tempo workout and I decided to just get in the miles. Mike did AMAZING and was able to hit some great tempo paces and completed the entire workout.
About 3 miles into the run, my stomach started to feel off. I tried to ignore it and just continued on my way. North Ponds Park has a 1 mile loop that we run around and at about .6 miles I had to stop and walk. I couldn't continue because my stomach was not cooperating. Unfortunately, I had to walk .4 miles to the bathroom!
I think that the heat got to me! I did 3.62 miles in about 35 minutes (9:43 pace).
We woke up at 5:50am to get our 15 mile ride in because we had a busy day ahead of us! Mike mapped out a route near our house and I just felt off the entire time. I did alright in the beginning but slowed to above 5 minute pace the last two miles. My watch died at 14.92 miles, so my time for the 15 miles was probably around 1:07 (13.4 mph).
When we got home, we quickly showered and changed. We volunteered at the Sehgahunda Marathon in Letchworth State Park from 9am to 1:30pm! It was so much fun and I am going to write a separate post about the experience!
I love volunteering!
After that, we headed home quickly because I had to work at 4pm. I was interpreting for one of the graduation ceremonies at the college I work at, it was so much fun! It was a bittersweet moment though because so many of the wonderful students that I have loved interpreting for over the past 4-5 (some even 6) years all graduated. Luckily for me I was interpreting at the stage in the front so I was able to see them all right before they crossed the stage!
I was EXHAUSTED when I got home, so we actually went to bed at 9:45pm and didn't wake up until 7am. What a wild life we lead!
We had a 10 mile run on our schedule today and I was a little nervous about how it was going to go. I tried to stay positive but with all the less than stellar workouts lately, it was hard to do!
We headed out to Sodus Point (about a 45 minute drive from our house) to run around the lake/town there. There are two lighthouses there and we ran by both of them!
Sodus Bay Lighthouse
Unfortunately, the heat (and my mind) got to me and I had to walk up two hills and stop twice to cool off and take a breather. I felt bad for making Mike stop, but I didn't think I could keep running. The first time we stopped, I almost made us turn around (at about 4.5 miles), but we continued on.
I'm glad that we finished the run, but it was TOUGH! We both had our handhelds with Nuun in them and I was trying to drink every mile. By the end, it was too warm to drink out of and Mike actually dumped his out while running.
I finished the 10 miles in 1:47 (10:41 pace). Not horrible, but definitely not my best!
We all have bad weeks, and since the majority of this training cycle has gone well I am not too worried. Next week is going to be better!
How was your training this week?