Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 11 Training Recap

Somehow I managed to get a bit out of my training routine in the past few weeks and have been struggling to get myself back on track. In the past three weeks I've skipped quite a few strength sessions and my workouts have been feeling a bit more challenging then they should. This week proved to be no different where things didn't seem to want to pan out as planned, which I'm not too broken up about.

76 miles
2 strength circuits
2 hot yoga classes
1 temperamental knee
Countless last minute changes 

Monday: 12 miles easy into some pretty strong winds

Strength Circuit
Planned workout: 9 miles with 5 @ goal HMP (6:30)
Actual workout 8.5 miles with 1 mile @ goal HMP before I got tunnel vision and felt faint.
I skipped lunch this day and thought that I would be able to squeeze in a late afternoon workout before heading home for a late lunch, which apparently back fired on me. Sometimes I don't really realize how important things are for my body until I break from routine. My body made it very clear on this day that it wanted food ASAP and was not going to do my planned workout until it had it.

This is why I very strongly feel that everything needs to be adjustable, shuffling things around a bit won't break your training plan.

PM: Easy 4 miler with the hubby

Wednesday: 12 miles easy. Hot power fusion yoga.

Strength Circuit
9.06 miles in 1:10
8x800's @ 5k pace (3:05-3:07)
Splits: 3:03, 3:06, 3:07, 3:01, 3:02, 3:03, 3:04, 3:01

Before this workout I hadn't done 800's in ages so I wasn't really sure what to expect. First three were into a strong head wind and provided quite the challenge, but the last five with the wind at my back felt unexpectedly easy. Post workout I decided that instead of running on cruise control with the wind at my back I should have pushed a bit harder and challenged myself a bit more. Planning on trying this workout again soon with a bit more bulk to it.
PM: 5.25 mile shake out run with the hubby

Friday: 10 mile recovery run. Hot power fusion yoga.

Saturday: Unexpected day off
Laced up and headed out the front door for my long/tempo run for the week, but after 3 minutes of running my right knee said "no thank you". It didn't feel right and I knew that pressing it for 15 miles would not be a good idea, so I stopped, turned around, and did the walk of shame back home.

Planned workout:
15 miles with 5 miles at tempo pace

Actual workout: 
A very messy 15.01 miles in 1:58
2.5 miles @ 6:28 pace
4x400's in 1:29, 1:27, 1:29, 1:30.

Was hoping to tempo my way through miles 9-13, but things didn't quite work out as anticipated. It was hot and unexpectedly humid where there seemed to be 20+ mph winds blowing from all over the place, and I just wasn't prepared for this. The humidity seemed to soak up every ounce of strength I had and left my legs feeling completely dead. Managed 2.5 miles at 6:28 pace before I decided to throw in some 400's in attempts to revive the legs, but they never came back. I felt like a hot mess by the last few miles. My sunblock was turning into a nasty paste, sweat had crystalized all over my face, I drank too much water in the late miles that left me with a terrible side ache, and I wanted to punch the wind in the face.

Some workouts are a success, and others are a mess. But I'd rather have a million awful runs then no runs at all.

On to next week


  1. Great week Britt! I'm impressed that you manage to do so much but still mix it up!

  2. I agree with Vanessa! You never cease to amaze me! I don't know how the HECK you run so many miles in a week. You even missed a day and I'm still in awe! Keep it up :)

  3. The wind has been terrible this spring. And it seems that the wind is never at my back! breast job listening to your body and adjusting your workouts. You still put in a lot of quality work, so yes, no reason to be concerned. I hope your knee feels better - seems like it from your awesome Sunday run. Great, as always, to follow your training:)

    1. Thanks AM, the wind rarely ever seems to be working with me these days. Knee is back to normal I think, just one of those random days when it just wasn't feeling the workload. I've had quite a few misses with my workouts lately, I'm not concerned just frustrated. Seems like I'm just losing focus at this point when race day seems to just not be getting any closer in my mind. With 5 weeks left I'm just trying to get back on track mentally to push hard through the remaining weeks like a champ.

  4. How is your knee?

    You did a great job adjusting your workouts this week. So great to see you doing about that and showing that it's no big deal. That is a good reminder for the rest of us! :)

  5. Nice!! Bummer about the knee - I mentioned this weekend I am 100% certain I am due for one of those runs that I don't struggle with. Maybe tonight!!

  6. Wow 76 miles for the week, that's amazing! You are definitely an inspiration to me when it comes to high mileage! I really want to start increasing my mileage...just gotta figure out how lol

    1. Thanks Missy! Baby steps. Start with adding a few miles at a time for a couple of weeks in a row, then do a major cut back. Then repeat this process. As long as you do it as slow as possible you should be able to proceed safely and ward off injury.

  7. Wow, what a great workout week! 76 miles? AHHH-MAY-ZING!

    The worst is when the sunblock gets pasty all over your face. Nothing is worse than that! Of course there is the wind... that is always hard to run against. But I agree, a million awful runs over no runs at all :)

  8. Amazing week! I did my first hot yoga class this past week and I loved it. I think I am going to go every week!

    1. Love hot yoga, so glad you're enjoying it too! It is for sure a challenge and always leaves me feeling humbled.