Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Illinois Marathon Training Week 22

The first week of taper is over and done.  I'm still feeling strong and haven't done anything too crazy yet.  

Week 22: 4/8/13-4/14/13

  • Monday - 75 min yoga
  • Tuesday - Rest
  • Wednesday - 60 min spin (45s moderately hard, 15s hard repeats) + 5.5 miles with 3x1600 @ 8:27 (1% incline treadmill) 
  • Thursday - Rest
  • Friday - 6 miles - avg. pace 9:07 (1% incline treadmill)
  • Saturday - 12.5 miles 
  • Sunday - Light walking
  • Weekly Total - 24 miles + 60 min spin + 75 min yoga
This week ended up with a lot of rest days, but I still got in all the training sessions.  Although Friday's run was supposed to be 10 miles but I needed to cut it short because I had a rehearsal dinner to get to. 

Saturday I didn't start my run till a little after 10 am.  I was enjoying the morning and lounging around with Matt before he left to get ready for the wedding (he was a groomsmen).  Turns out that wasn't quite enough time to run and get ready for a 2 pm wedding.  Although it might have had something to do with the fact that I also tried to do a load of laundry.  I ended up hustling across the grass in heels to make it into the church at approximately 1:58 pm.  I wish I could say that this is not like me, but in truth, it's extremely typical.  Matt is usually the one who makes me get places on time.  But I managed to find a seat before the bridal party began the processional.  

If dancing around in heels all night isn't good recovery from a long run, I don't know what is.  This might explain why my calf muscle is so tight. 

I did something crazy this weekend and looked at triathlon bikes.  My local bike store was having its annual spring clearance sale and I couldn't resist checking out the bikes.  I've never ridden a tri bike before so I thought I would try it out.  It's...interesting.  The riding area was only a small-fenced in area of the parking lot with lots of people standing/walking around and other's riding bikes so I felt out of control.  The sales person, Doug, did suggest I go to another store location to try out more bikes to get a feel for what I like.  A tri bike is quite the investment so I should probably stay away for this year.  

Overall I'm pretty happy with this week.  Mostly, I just can't wait for the marathon to be here.  Both so I can see my best friend Laura again and because I just want to do the race. 
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