Pretty solid week for me! I’m no where near Alisa’s level of training (I should hope not, she is training for a half-ironman!) but if you read her blog, this may sound a little bit familiar. We buddied up for several workouts this week including 70 miles of cycling in two rides. Let’s get to the recap and then there are a few pictures:
Monday: rest/Vinyasa yoga
4.0 miles/34:29/8:37 average pace
Track with Alisa and Amy. I only did 3 x 800m repeats because my stomach was acting up. Let’s just say thank God there is a bathroom at the track. My times were 3:23, 3:28, and 3:31. Average 3:27=6:55 pace. Not bad for my first track workout since the Eugene marathon a month ago!
+ Yin yoga with Amy and Alisa
7.0 miles/1:02:52/8:59 average pace
Thankfully no tummy issues. I ran really easy by myself out on the waterfront trail, I was about 9:20ish pace. Then I ran into Zach doing his recovery run and we finished up together. My last mile came in at a very non-recovery 7:25.
21.2 miles/1:34:39/13.4 MPH
Great ride with Alisa out on the Springwater trail. We were just cruising along talking and the miles flew by. Zach had walked down to the trail with the camera and got some fun pictures of us toward the end of our ride (see below).
6.0 miles/48:01/8:00 average pace
Forest Park Friday. YAY! It was cold and rainy and super muddy, and I loved it. I ran the first 3 miles at an 8:46 pace and the last 3 miles at a 7:14 pace. I was flying. Unfortunately, the stomach issues from earlier in the week made a reappearance near the end. I think my stomach doesn’t like running fast this week. This time, there was no bathroom. Enough said.
47.7 miles/3:32:10/13.4 MPH
Another ride with Alisa, but this one was huge. Considering Thursday’s 21 miler was my longest (and only, um 4th?) bike ride in over 6th months, this long ride was going to be a leap of faith. I assumed that even though it’d been a while, I had some residual bike endurance from last year’s Ironman, and my running fitness would fill in the gaps. Thankfully, it turned out great!! It helped that this was one of my go-to rides last year and I did it at least 4 or 5 times so I know the hills and the route in general well. We had a great time riding through the country side and I loved every minute of it (ok, maybe not every minute…). Alisa is getting to be a really strong cyclist and I love riding with her!
13.0 miles/1:56:20/8:57 average pace
Saturday night we all went to Amy’s for a big party for her husband’s birthday. She put together a great party with snacks, desserts, mojitos, beer, and even a piñata. It was a blast! I mention this because all of this (specifically the mojitos and beer) had a significant impact on my long run. At first, it almost didn’t happen at all. We slept in and debated and complained and finally talked ourselves into it sometime after noon. Zach ran with me (his marathon is next weekend!) and I’m so glad- I don’t think I could have done it alone. I was feeling the late night and the long bike ride and also I didn’t have enough to eat before hand. It was brutal! But, I did it.
We spent the rest of the day working at our friends’ new house doing yard work so it was a completely exhausting day overall. I was very glad it was a holiday weekend and I made the most of the extra day off by sleeping in, taking a nap, and generally being lazy. I did accomplish one big thing- we booked our flights and hotel for our trip to Paris this September! Weeee!
total miles for the week: 30!
Plus 68.9 miles bike :)
Thursday bike ride with Alisa:
Saturday bike ride with Alisa:
Party at Amy’s Saturday night:
We’re heading down to Newport next weekend for Zach’s big goal marathon. He’s going to kick ass! Check out his blog for a great recap of his training, and then check back for a race report next weekend. :)
Thanks for reading! Happy Memorial Day.