Chicago Marathon training, week #2 recap:
- Miles run: 48.9
- Miles biked: 97.2 (new record!)
- Core: 6 days (woot!)
- pilates: 1 times
- Strength: random push ups and hill work
- M: 6.8 miles (8:14; w/ 4 x. .25 mile hill repeats); 23 miles biking
- T: 9 miles (8:16)
- W: 7 miles (7:54; w/ HR zone speed stuff)
- Th: 6 miles (9:40); pilates; 6 miles biking
- F: 5.5 miles (8:57; w/ 4 x 10 second hill bursts);24.2 miles biking;
- Sa: 10.5 miles (7:55); 15.5 miles biking
- Su: Brick workout!: 2.2 miles (8:40)/28.5 miles biking (hilly!)/2 miles (8:20)
97 days til race day!
This week quality workouts returned, instead of just slow recovery running. I love me some quality runs – it wasn’t true interval work yet – mostly just timed bursts of speed which were done in certain zones. I was also careful to make sure and do some easy running too though on the non-quality days.
Notice what’s missing, even though I swore I would stick with it? Strength. Ugggg. Just couldn’t get to the gym to lift weights. I did do random push-ups and hill sprints, so I feel ok about the strength portion, but not great.
Although, speaking of strength, I think my legs are getting stronger from all this biking. Did you you notice my new record mileage on biking this week?? Almost 100 miles! I have to say, I am REALLY liking the biking thing. I love that I now have a secondary from of exercise that is (relatively) convenient for me to do right from home and that isn’t hard on my running legs.
I had some extra time this morning so decided to try my first ever brick workout. I am a total run/bike nerd. I set up my own transition area in the garage, then took off and did 2.2 miles running, 28.5 miles biking (hilly) and 2 miles running. With the transitions (which were slow) and having to stop in Watertown to pull out my phone and look on the map to find the best way home, I was done in 2:31:36. I actually felt stronger on the bike after I ran – is that weird? But then when I did the running miles after the bike, my legs felt like jello for about 1/4 mile and then just felt weird the whole 2 miles. (I FELT like I looked funny running and like my form was bad, but my speed was actually good, right when I got off the bike my legs wanted to go 7:40, but I forced myself to slow down because we have a sort of hard track workout tomorrow and I ran hard yesterday). It was SUCH a rush to do this workout – I loved it! Bonus that it was 80 degrees and sunny when I did it. I swear I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my life. I sort of felt like a bad ass finishing this workout. Good times.