I’ve been listening to this song on repeat all week.
Monday – I decided to go to the track to try mile repeats for the first time. I’ve never done them on a track before, so I was really nervous. I did an 800 meter warm up jog, then 5 mile repeats at: 6:46/6:41/6:24/6:28/6:28 (with 400 meter cool downs in between each mile). I finished with an 800 meter cool down for 7 miles total @ 7:17 average. I had a Gu Stroopwafel before.
Tuesday – 3 recovery miles @ 8:38. Lifted chest/biceps & triceps as well. It is amazing how beat up my legs feel after a speed work day. I did this workout fasted since it was an easier day. For fasted workouts, I sometimes will sip on BCAAs during. Supposedly, BCAAs can help you maintain muscle when working out fasted. I use this brand for now.
Wednesday – 10 miles tempo @ 7:17 average and then lifted legs right after. My legs are always DEAD on this day. The idea is to lift on tired legs – kind of how the last 10k of a marathon you are running on tired legs.
Thursday – 6 miles EZ @ 9:14 avg & lifted back & shoulders. I ran fasted and lifted in afternoon, after lunch, because I had a little more time because of a cancelled meeting at work. It was so nice to have the ability to break up the run and lift.
Friday – 3000 meter swim – 1:05:43. It is amazing how fast those Olympians can swim! I am a very slow swimmer haha. I am totally fine with that too! It is great cross training and so nice and easy on your body, while still giving you a good workout. I love to swim the day before a long run, because it feels like I get to hit the reset button on my body.
Saturday – 14 miles at 7:40 average and 890 elevation gain. I had one serving of Cocoa Generation Ucan, and a banana with peanut butter before. I have heard a lot of good things about Ucan and I liked it a lot. I would only use it as a pre-race/run meal, because I don’t want to have to carry bottles during a race. At mile 8 of this run, I had a package of Jelly Belly beans. I was thinking I might not need them, but by the time mile 8 rolled around, my stomach was growling.
I ran home differently than I normally would, I wanted to finish the run on a flat stretch, since Chicago is pretty flat. So when I was walking back to John’s house, I happened on a tree FULL of parrots. They are wild, and have been around San Francisco for a long time. They fly back and forth between Russian Hill and Telegraph hill. My dad told me there is a documentary called “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.” I will have to watch it now haha.
I refueled with a bagel & lox (and coffee of course) before enjoying the rest of the weekend!