Before heading out for the weekend, I thought I would regale everyone with my week!
Wednesday: Track Day
This week's workout was...special. Most of the group who turned up had all raced either the marathon or half marathon this past Sunday, so I figured we would have a manageable workout, 800s, 400s, 1000s, but something basic, right...Wrong!!!!
So the workout....3200m alternating 200m @half marathon pace, 200m @5k race pace- no breaks.
The 200 @hmp was supposed to be the recovery which, compared to 5k pace is quite a recovery.
At first I thought this workout would be cake- 200s, yes please! When I finished I literally thought I was going to puke all over the track, I was so surprised how tough this workout was.
3200- 16:14, 8:07 average pace
I was hitting about 7:35 or so for the 5k pace and anywhere from 8:45-9:15 for the half marathon pace. I kept at 8:45 for most of the laps, but the last few I just needed more of a break so I slowed it down even more.
We finished the workout off with a 1600 (7:54) and a cool down. Complete Exhaustion! My knees (ITB) were both a little achy at different points, but by the end both seem to have resolved their issues.
Thursday: More cross-training. Since I plan to hit the ground running next week, I opted to keep this week easy and just focus on a couple quality runs and cross training. I will say this, prolonged cross-training is not for the faint of heart.
I set my own custom interval workout on the bike while watching Sports Center at the gym, and I was practically shaking by the time I was done 30 minutes later.
5 minute warm-up (level 6) moderate pace
1 minute at level 8 sprinting at 100+ rpm
1 minute at level 15 @60+ rpm recovery
Repeat previous 2 intervals 10 times
5 minute cool-down
So by sprinting the easy part and recovering on the heavier part, there was really no true break, I never felt like my heart rate came down too much, and I torched some serious calories, even I was impressed.
After my torture session on the bike, I trembled over to the stair climber- 15 minutes on fat burner level 12, Holy Jello Legs! By the time I was done, I was spent, and so disgustingly sweaty, it felt SO good!
Friday: Weights, and 30minutes between the bike and arc traininer nothing too intense before my long run tomorrow, but I will say I did some killer ab moves today. I usually ignore my core, so I think it appreciated the extra attention.
Wedding: So while this is not a day, I will go ahead and give you the wedding updates of the week.
-Music selections have been made! It was not an easy one, but at the end of the day since I did not have a strong feeling about our reception music, I went with the people that fit well with my personality and our budget, I figured no point in blowing the big bucks on something I didn't seem to have an opinion on.
-My ceremony music on the other hand....Super Excited about it! I got a nice little sneak preview last weekend and have spent a lot of time this week going through the lists of songs for all the different stuff so we can get the songs finalized and music ordered!
-Save the Dates were mailed last week and my sources tell me that all have been delivered at this point :) It feels super real now that everyone knows the date and location, like when you tell people you are training for a race and they hold you accountable. And for the 1657651 time I have compared my wedding to a race.
-Hotels: this was not as quick and easy as I thought it would be. I had to put thought into how many people would need rooms, what kind of rooms, how many nights, etc. I thought it was supposed to be cake. We ended up going with blocks at 2 hotels rather than just one, since the one I had originially preferred charges for parking and I thought it may deter some people, so I wanted to have options for them.
-Bridesmaid Dresses- This is on deck for next weekend. I have been working with 2 of my girls on getting some final dress choices together. I don't have to wear this dress, so their opinion is what really matters since they will have to wear it. I think we have come down to the final 3-4 contenders. I have been getting a lot of grief from others about picking my BM dresses so others can pick their dresses, didn't realize this would be so important.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!