Yesterday, the world lost an amazing person. Rest in peace David. My college memories are all you & I’m so grateful for our time together.
This week was super out of the box for with training. It was a lot of fun, surprisingly. I decided to give my foot a full week off running to let it feel better. It is feeling much better today, though not 100%.
Here is what training looked like:
Monday – 60 minutes bike and biceps, triceps and core
Tuesday – 20 minutes bike and legs, glutes and core
Wednesday – 3000 meter swim (took me about 80 minutes). This was my first timed endurance swim. In the past I’ve swam laps, but it was one of those things were you paddle up and down a few times and call it good. After I got over the frantic breathing feeling, I got into a rhythm and REALLY enjoyed it!
Thursday – 60 minutes bike and shoulders/chest stacked with a back/core workout
Friday – My first brick workout! I did this in lieu of my long run. 3000 meter swim (took about 70 minutes this time!) and a 60 minute bike. (P.S. A brick workout is what triathletes do. They stack biking/running or running/swimming, ect.) I field before the swim with 2 rices cakes and peanut butter, and before the bike with a package of Gu Watermelon Chews (I talked about these in my Friday favorites.)
Saturday – 45 minute step mill and core circuit
John made me this delicious salmon salad this week. So good!
Sunday – This was supposed to a rest day. However, after I learned about the loss of my friend from college, I was torn up, restless, and upset. I spent most of the day crying and talking to friends. I’m so grateful that John was with me. He was a champ. Eventually, he knew it was time to get me out of the house, and I’m sure he knew I would say yes to going to the gym. So we biked and rowed together, and then I lifted light legs and some upper body stuff. Then we went to eat dinner. It helped to move my body and break a sweat. It also helped me to fall asleep that night, which I was really worried about.
Couple things about this week that stood out to me:
- I have to be very purposeful about my lifts and how they affect my endurance training. For running, I am careful to do legs early in the week so that my legs are fresh for my long run by the weekend. This week I swam and biked instead of my long run. So doing a long swim before my heavy upper body day on Thursday, and then doing another long swim after left my shoulders, chest and back pretty SORE.
- Running injuries are annoying. They used to devastate me – hugely. However, I think I’m getting better at (1) not getting them and (2) dealing with it when I do. Am I going to be horribly sad if I can’t run the half on 3/6? YES. SO BUMMED. But, I’m going to run until I’m like 104 years old. So, there will be a lot of races in my future. And that’s ok.
Most importantly, life is short. So, devastatingly short. Be kind. Take the leap. Say I love you. Get hurt. Be vulnerable. Make bad decisions. Work your ass off. Be present in every moment you can get with your loved ones. You never know when God will decide to call them home.