Friday, February 18, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

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!

1 comment:

  1. I'm super excited about your wedding music, too!! Let me know what songs that you're looking at and I'll make sure we order the correct arrangements!!

    Your wedding breakdown is exhausting and I must admit that it makes me happy that I'm kind of "eloping." :-) But, don't get me wrong, I CANNOT wait for your wedding and all that it entails - I'm just not jealous of the planning part ;)

    Speaking of which ... I'll have a new last name by the time that your wedding day comes. Weird! :)

    Great track workout! That seems tough, but you did it!! See you next weekend.