Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Double and Bike/Run Brick

After taking yesterday off from work, I went in today and felt pretty good. One of my poor office mates has this worse than me, she was out two days last week and she was out yesterday and today, I hope she feels better soon!

This morning while I was getting ready for work I was thinking about how I wanted to do my workouts today, Tuesdays and Thursdays have us running and biking typically.  I am lucky that I have a two hour break on both days so I can usually get my full run in if I need to (AKA I want to be done with workouts earlier than 7pm).

I decided that I wanted to break up our 5 mile run into two shorter runs, just in case I still didn't feel well. I packed a short sleeve shirt and shorts since I knew that it was going to be a little bit warmer today, and hoped that it wasn't going to rain while I was running.

Luckily, it was almost my perfect running weather! I did sweat a little bit more than I am used to right now, but I was working pretty hard.  I decided to do 3.5 miles, which is almost perfect since the loop where I work is about 3 miles, and I just started off not really looking at my watch.  The first mile came in at 8:24 and I just tried to maintain that pace.

 This was not today, but it is where I was running

Unfortunately this is when I started to feel tired and the wind was in my face! I just focused on keeping as even of a pace as possible, and I had a guy that I wanted to catch going up the only hill on the loop.  I'm happy to say that I caught him and passed him!

I finished the run with the rest of the miles coming in at 8:34, 8:44 and 8:22 for the last half mile.  Not too shabby! I had told myself that if I pushed it the last half mile that I could run my second run of the day as slow as I wanted.

My mom took this photo in Atlanta, I thought it fit here

After I work, I hopped on the bike trainer and did my 20 miles.  Nothing really special to report, except that I was slightly faster than I have been coming in at a little bit above 15 mph.  I did the ride in 1:18:40 and then hopped off and quickly got ready for my second run. 

That's what a brick is, you do one sport right after another (sometimes multiple times).  The most common is a bike/run brick but you can really do anything that you want.  We often will do run/swim bricks or run/bike bricks depending on where and how we are doing our workouts. 

When I first started running, I felt a little sluggish so I just tried to not look at my watch.  I had already given myself permission to go slow, but if you know me that's not really my style.  The first mile came in at 8:50 and then I really picked up the pace.  Since this was only a 1.5 mile run I knew that I could run pretty fast.

I did the last half mile at 7:51 pace, and I am hoping that I would be able to hold that pace for a full mile or more. 

There are advantages and disadvantages to doing workouts like this, but I really like it!

Are you a fan of doubles?


  1. You are so amazing! I can't believe you did all this and you don't feel well. Maybe we both miss each other SO much that we're making ourselves sick over it? hahaha! Get well friend. Keep kicking butt and inspiring people.

    I don't know how I feel. I'm pretty indifferent towards them right now. However, I've been trying to work them in since I have Ragnar coming up. :/ Then I have a crazy hilly half marathon a month after. I really have NO training plan right now. I'm awaiting the official MRI results before mapping out a plan. So far I've just been doing everything that I physically can do. :)

  2. You're so speedy Jamie! Nice job on your run!

  3. Great work out and I'm super impressed that you did it while still not feeling well.

  4. Wow. Great pace for not feeling so hot!

  5. It's great how fast you run now! I have a lot of catching up to do. :)

  6. That is awesome that you have that break to workout during the day! Nice brick, too! :)

  7. I have never, ever done a double in my life. Sure I've run in the morning and played baseball at night, but I don't count that. Great work yesterday. You should join in the What I Ate Wednesday party so we can see how you fuel all of that activity!

    1. Haha! I've done it once or twice before, you don't want to know what I eat ;) I'm sure everyone would be appalled! But yesterday I had a granola bar, mac and cheese and yogurt for lunch, some honey stinger chews while on the bike, some goldfish after everything was done and I was waiting for Mike, soup for dinner and then some cookies, ha!

    2. Dude, look at my post today. All of WIAW are like that. I like the call them realistic.

  8. The girl on the bike sort of reminded me of you glad that you were able to use it!! I like doubles of running...a good way to get in some miles and spread it out...I have done two to get ready for the relay but I have to go easy because of my injury!!

  9. Good work getting the workouts in Lady! Glad you are feeling better (hope your co-workers get better soon too). Nice work with the double, especially the second being a brick!

  10. Once 70.3 & IM training kicks in - there really is no way around two a day workouts. However, I am not a fan of breaking up the mileage. If my schedule says 10 miles - I run the 10 miles. I understand that you weren't feeling well though so that sounds like it was the right call for you. Hope you feel better soon.

  11. I've only done doubles pre-Ragnar so not much experience. Glad you're feeling better!

  12. Tuesday is my double day... usually an interval morning run, and spin in the evening. I love it! But I also love that every other day is NOT a double day. :) Nice work- you finished with such a strong pace!