Category Archives: Cross training

Taking up space at the pool

My workouts have been going good so far this week. Not quite as planned, but that’s okay.

Yesterday I did 50 minutes of spin in the morning, followed by 35 minutes of weights. I swung my 44# kettlebell for 3 sets of 12! I did pretty well on my chin-ups too, did all but 3 of my 36 with 1 knee in the blue band. The other 3 I had to do 1 leg. I was feeling pretty strong and badass after this one LOL I had planned to go to the pool for running after work, but I got off too late and would have only been able to do a half hour. So I just came home and put my 20# weight vest on and walked on the treadmill, playing with the incline for an hour. I got all the way up to 12! And felt like I was going to die. It was a good workout though. I ended the day with 30 minutes of yoga. That felt awesome. Deep stretches, which I am truly loving lately.

I made sure to call the pool yesterday because they have different schedules for the high school swim team. They pretty much take over the pool for their practices, which are twice a day. They said that the kids wouldn’t be there until 7:00, so I planned on pool running in the morning and then road running in the afternoon. I got to the pool a few minutes before 5:00, got out of my car, and saw a bunch of guys hanging outside the building. I freaked out, thinking that maybe I was told wrong and the high school kids were going to be there at 5:00! I went back to my car, chicken that I am, and debated what to do. I decided I was being stupid, and I paid for my membership and deserved pool time just like anyone else, and why would they tell me the wrong day? So I went inside. It was clear there was no practice, the group of guys were navy recruits I think. I grabbed a lane and got going.

I ended up having to share a lane for a while. I felt kind of silly because here are all of these real swimmers, and I am the only one ‘jogging’ in the water. I just kept telling myself that I deserve to be there too. And tried to shut down my brain and not give a crap about it. Nobody else cared either, I’m sure LOL

I ended up staying there for 1 hour and 50 minutes, and having to wade through all of the high schoolers warming up when I was done. Taking up space again. I could go into that more, but another time 😉 I ended up going 1500 yards total, 60 times across. The longest I’ve done pool running before today was like an hour and a half, so I was pretty stoked to have stayed that long!

After work I went for my run. I planned 7 miles with some intervals mixed in. I warmed up for a mile and then started on 400s. I wasn’t really watching the pace, just trying to keep it under 8:00 and going fast until the recovery part. I was really pushing it! My heart felt like it was going to explode a couple of times and I had to start walking to recover towards the end. Doing the cool down mile totally sucked. I was going at a good pace but I could not breathe properly. I just kept going, knowing I would be done in less than 10 minutes, and then walked 1/4 mile home. I ended up doing the whole thing in just over 1 hour, 8:48 pace.

My splits were: 9:22, 8:25, 8:30 ,8:37, 8:35, 8:51, 9:12.You can see where I started to lose it. I was also having Garmin malfunctions and had to stop a few times to make it do what I wanted to! I stuck a fork in myself because I was DONE.

Now it is time for my ‘mini-taper’. I’m just going to do what I have planned, and maybe not even that if I don’t feel like it! My knee was acting up a little today, probably going too fast. So if I try to run on Thursday and it doesn’t feel good, I’ll do something else.

This week’s planned workouts

I’m still winging it since I screwed up my training so bad this past month. But I do have a plan that will hopefully get me to the finish line – expert that I am. (Disclaimer – I am so NOT an expert so don’t listen to me.)

Monday – Spin bike and weights in the morning, pool running and yoga/stretch/foam rolling in the afternoon and evening. My plan is 3 hours of cardio, so if I need to do more I will incline walk on my treadmill.

Tuesday – 7-ish mile run with some intervals and a mini strength routine in the morning, more pool running and yoga/stretch/foam after work. Again I’m aiming for 3 hours of cardio.

Wednesday – Spin for 45 minutes – an hour in the morning, more yoga/stretching in the evening.

Thursday – 5 mile run, yoga/stretch.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 2-3 mile run.

Sunday – Marathon!

My 3 hours of cardio won’t all be as hard as I can go. Some of it will, but most of it will be under my running heart rate. That’s why I want to do so much of it. I hope that it will help endurance-wise.

No rhyme or reason to this schedule, just what I feel like will be the most beneficial. I know I still need to do a couple of really hard days, and then let my body rest and reset and get ready to run forever LOL

Hopefully this gets me to the finish line and in a good time! I do care about the finish time, but most importantly I just want to finish 😀