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?