Week 5 was a crazy week as I had a jam packed social schedule while also trying to juggle the first week of Phase 2 of P90X3 plus San Diego Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon training (5 weeks to go as of the end of this past week!). I left work early on Friday afternoon to drive to Temecula for my sister in law’s bachelorette party and wouldn’t be returning until Sunday afternoon so I didn’t plan any workouts over the weekend.
Ultimately something had to give and this week I decided to drop one P90X3 workout from the routine, for the next 3 weeks at least. The workout I dropped was MMX which is a cardio kickboxing type workout. During P90X we didn’t do the similar workout (Kenpo X) because we usually did our long run instead. I figured all the running would do the same trick as MMX for Phase 2 of P90X3 as well.
On to the workouts….
AM: Started off the day with a brand new P90X3 workout – Eccentric Upper. This resistance training workout is all about slow movements offset by explosive ones, rotating between push-ups and pull-ups as well as weight lifting focusing on shoulders, triceps and biceps. I really liked it!
The beginning of my morning was spent with my Boston Marathon runner tracking pulled up on my computer and obsessively checking Twitter to get updates on Asia, the pros, friends and Oiselle teammates. It was a really exciting morning and fueled my fire to get out there and qualify for the race.
PM: Ran 5 easy miles with Mike.
AM: Double P90X3 workout – Triometrics & X3 Yoga. Triometrics is a high intensity cardio plyometric workout and yoga is the same yoga we’ve been doing. They complimented each other well and if/when we need to do another double workout we’ll probably do this combo again.
PM: I met up with my friend Erin for my first spin class in forever! I forgot how interval heavy gym spin classes are! On top of my morning plyometric workout I did basically a full hour of intervals. There was a lot of sprinting out of the saddle but I ended up just sitting back on the seat and doing those intervals there instead – as we all know you aren’t going to be sprinting out of the saddle in a triathlon!
AM: P90X3 Eccentric Lower. Lots of lower body work early on in the week! This was all about squats and lunges and was a similar format to Eccentric Upper in that there was an acceleration followed by a slow negative.
PM: After work I had a tempo run on tap. The run was supposed to be a warm-up plus 4 mile tempo but I knew after the week I’d been having and the amount of sleep I’d been getting and stress from getting ready for the bacherlorette party and my mom’s 60th birthday party (which I”m hosting this coming weekend), that I wasn’t mentally going to excel at a solid 4 mile tempo. Instead, I did a tempo workout that my old coach Mike Plumb used to have me do. I warmed up for 1 mile then did 6 x 5 minute tempo intervals with 1 minute recovery between (6.8 miles). I cooled down with a mile run home. I was really surprised at how well this run went. My legs were definitely heavy but my lungs took over and I kept a really strong pace for all the intervals. Then, I went back to my training from Eugene last year and found some identical workouts I did back then and realized I’m actually quite a bit faster than I was then! It was definitely a confidence booster that I could easily beat my old times on tired legs.
AM: P90X3 Incinerator. This was all upper body strength training and was similar to Eccentric Upper but a harder version. It was tough but I loved it!
PM: I treated my Sister in Law to a mani/pedi to get us ready for the big bachelorette weekend! When I got home Asia came over for dinner and I made festive cowboy themed cupcakes!
AM: 10 mile run with last 3 miles progression. I always run with my friend Allison on Fridays. She lives just under 2 miles from my house so on Friday I woke up and ran to her house, we ran just over 6 miles together, and then I ran home. I was really surprised at how good I felt on this run despite only 6 hours of sleep (up late working on a project for my mom’s birthday!). I picked it up and got faster for the final three miles and felt really good!
Saturday & Sunday:
Wine tasting, games, pizza, beer, dancing, shots, more pizza, more beer, and line dancing at my sister in law’s bachelorette party! It was a blast and the hangover was worth it!
- Miles Run: 22
- Minutes Biked: 60
- Hours of Strength: 2.5
- Total Time: 6 hours