Week three of training was a big one! I only ran 4 times but my total mileage was the highest of this training cycle due to the DobyMan 13.1 on Monday and a long run over the weekend. My only speed work this week was a threshold run on Wednesday which, due to the heat, wasn’t quite as fast as I had hoped. However, my long run over the weekend was the fastest I’ve ever done a long run in heart rate Zone 2 so with that and the high mileage, I’m calling the week a win!
On top of lots of workouts, there was plenty of fun too as we headed to Davis for Mike’s best friend’s wedding for a long weekend.
1.2 mile swim (45 minutes) and 13.1 mile run (Zone 2) as part of the DobyMan (we put on a mock 70.3 for our friend Brooke). The run itself took us a long time. We took it slow, took breaks (I actually forgot to bring my watch for this section so I don’t know the actual pace but it took over 2 hours) and enjoyed the scenery. The course itself was hilly and included ascending and descending Torrey Pines. By the end of the run it was very hot and my legs were very tired!
I had signed up for a 6 a.m. Club Pilates class in advance not really thinking about the DobyMan lasting until the mid-afternoon the previous day. However, I felt pretty good in class and didn’t push it too hard. Lesson of the morning: I really need to work on my planking!
That evening Mike and I went to the Padres game. Mike got some really good seats for free and even though it wasn’t the most action packed game I really enjoyed watching because I could actually see what was going on!
I waited until after work to do my threshold run because I really wanted to sleep in! I wasn’t feeling like running and Mike was planning to do the workout at the same time as me (at least run the 2 mile warm-up with me) but ended up not feeling well and skipped it. As soon as he said he wasn’t going to run, I had the urge to either cut my workout short or move it to the next day too since my legs felt heavy, but I pushed past those thoughts and got it done. The workout was 2 mile warm-up, 2 x 15 minutes @ half marathon pace with 3 min recovery jog between, cool-down to finish (just over 2 miles). I had wanted to run the 2 15 minute segments at an average pace under 7:30, but due to the heavy legs and the heat, I came in slower (7:48 and 7:39 averages). I compared this to a couple of the times I did this workout leading up to San Diego RnR and my pace was slower this time. I didn’t beat myself up about it – instead I focused on the fact that it was a solid workout.
Luckily I had Asia to do an easy 5 mile run with me in the morning before work. That evening we flew out to Davis, California where Mike went to college to start his best friend’s wedding weekend festivities!
Rest day – I had to work a half day remote in the morning and we had wedding events in the afternoon.
Mike and I continued our (not really) tradition of running long the morning before a wedding and shocking all non-running wedding guests who would later hear that we ran 16.5 miles. Mike and I ran on the trails through the beautiful UC Davis arboretum and then down a beautiful path through an olive tree grove before making our way onto a very long (and flat!) bike path. We ran the remainder of the run on the path until we hit just over 8 miles and turned around and made out way back into town, taking the path into town and then turning off to find one of Mike’s old houses in Davis. It was fun hearing more college memories and learning more about that campus that he loves so much. I was also happy because I felt pretty good and it was the fastest run (long or short!) that I’ve ever run in Zone 2. Woohoo!
I discovered a pretty cool website called DoYogaWithMe.com which allows you to search through their hundreds of free yoga videos available to be streamed instantly. I found a 42 minute hip, leg and lower back session for runners. It was super low-intensity and basically all stretching and was absolutely perfect. There is no way that I would have done that much stretching on my own so the videos are perfect! There are a bunch of shorter (20ish minute) videos as well that I want to try.
- Miles Run: 43.1
- Yards Swam: 2,100
- Hours Strength/Stretching: 1.5
- Total Time: ~10 hours
Do you continue training during weekends away? Have you ever done a free yoga video from online? Any other website you recommend?