Thought I would spend today doing a training update… since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one these:)
I must say, Fall is the BEST time of year for training! Although, figuring out what to wear can be a challenge (how many layers?) the dry, cool temperatures are perfect for breaking a sweat. For some reason this year’s foliage in New England has been absolutely gorgeous! The colors are just so vibrant, more so than usual. I heard this has to do with the fact that we had a dry summer? Not sure if that’s accurate or not, but whatever the reason, I am obsessed with fall this year. Fall is always my favorite season, but with the beautiful colors this year, my love for fall has jumped up a notch. Not to mention, the apples this year are delicious and I’ve been stocking up weekly at the local farmer’s market!
Here are some photos from over the weekend:
I am currently following a training plan for the Manchester City (New Hampshire) Marathon on November 2nd. Let’s just say it looks a little hilly…
Crazy to think it’s less than three weeks now. Two months post Ironman, my body feels good. I am still dealing with random aches and pains, but nothing I didn’t have before the Ironman. My biggest problem child is my TFL (tensor fasciae latae). This stubborn hip muscle tends to tighten up big time on long runs and after running. I describe it as a constant dull ache. I’m currently seeking a new treatment for it, hoping I can finally get over it. Ugh.
My current training block incorporates upper & lower body strength work, plus core work every week. Most of my strength work is done on the TRX and using body weight. I’ve also been doing band work to strength my glutes and help relieve that TFL muscle that’s overworked. Last week marked my biggest training week since about two weeks before IMMT. It’s been a while since I’ve trained this much! Maybe that’s why I’m really feeling it?!
Most of my runs last week were done on the trails in the surrounding area of where I live. I am SUPER lucky to live near a few networks of trails. I pick trails over pavement any day! Over the weekend, I did my long ride (~3.5 hours) outdoors in New Hampshire. The temperature was in the 40’s at first, but moved up into the 50’s. I had LOTS of layers on, since I was so afraid of being cold. I actually got really hot in the middle of my ride, but better than being freezing cold. It was really fun to ‘leaf peep’ on my bike and check out the foliage!
I trained for 15.5 hours last week, which included:
- 45 miles of running,
- 100 miles (approx.) of riding
- 4 miles of swimming
I can’t tell you the last time I ran a 45 mile week. Holy crap. Since I am focusing on that marathon, I am running more often, but I’m also biking and swimming. The truth is, none of my future training plans will ever be JUST running. I’ll continue to bike and swim during this Marathon training and when I start training for the Boston Marathon.
- Recovery Swim @ Walden Pond
- My (old) wetsuit zipper decided to break, so I went without a wetsuit. The water was 62 degrees and it was COLD. I thought I would warm up while swimming, but honestly, I never did. My feet felt numb and my face was freezing cold everytime I put my head in the water. I saw another person without a wetsuit, but everyone else had one on. I know 62 doesn’t sound that cold, but to me it was!
- Bike: 1:20 on the trainer @ Z1 HR
- Run: Brick Run 32 mins @ Z1 HR
- Strength work: TRX Upper Body workout
- Swim: 2,700 yds with sprint intervals
- Run: Recovery run 35 min easy
- Bike: 1:30 Tempo Ride (with 2 x 25 min low cadence at 70 RPM and Z2 HR)
- Run: Tempo Run 1:10 @ Z2 HR (fast!)
- Strength: TRX lower body exercises
- Swim: 2,900 yds at Masters Practice
- Run: Recovery run, 35 mins easy
- Bike: 3:20 Z1/Z2 Ride (hilly New Hampshire)
- Run: Brick run @Z1 HR 35 mins
- Run: 1:10 @ Z1 HR
- Bike: 1:00 at recovery pace – add in 10 x 30 second sprint intervals
- Run: 1:10 @ Z1 HR
Whew! What a week. This week I have even more training.. then I will be tapering for the Marathon. Bring it on!
Oh, and as a side note… can we just talk about the Ironman World Championship for a second?! Watching Mirinda Carfrae win after a 14+ minute deficit after the bike! AH-MAZING. Total girl crush, total inspiration. Absolute ROCKSTAR!