"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Training: Week 12

I don't know if I would call this week "training" per se, or if I should just refer to it as "trying-not-to-puke-from-nerves."  I traveled to North Carolina for work on Labor Day and spent the week trying to stay loose, stay off of my feet, and hydrate a ton!  Some days it worked, some days it didn't.  I drank at least one coconut water a day and majorly cut back on alcohol.  I also majorly cut back in mileage... see below.  My legs were nothing, if not rested :) 

The week leading up to the event only includes September 7-10 because the race happened on September 11 and 12.  That re-cap will come soon.  

Weekly Re-Cap: 

Monday: 1000 yd swim 
Tuesday: 3 mile jog 
Wednesday: off 
Thursday: 1.5 mile walk 

Total: Is it even worth adding that up?  (4.5 for those of you counting)

I did my swim at the pool I used to coach at with two friends and it was so fun going back to my old stomping grounds and getting in a good swim/chatfest. 

I also did my runs in NC, which means that the hills were a-plenty.  It was a wonderful wake-up call for me when the little "hills" of Raleigh/Durham killed me.  I was nowhere near ready for the actual mountains of the Blue Ridge Relay (hint: foreshadowing!).  But I survived and I think it went alright. 

DAYS until the Blue Ridge Relay - 0 (yikes!!!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Training: Week 11

Well, I am officially late with this post, but I'm going to make sure I keep you all updated... 

Week 11 was my first week of taper (Aug 31 - Sept 6)!  Yay!!  I dialed back the mileage to make sure my legs got some rest and recovery.  In all honesty, I probably dialed back a little too far, but now that all is said and done and it all worked out, I think that's aright! 

Weekly re-cap: 

Monday: off
Tuesday: 5 miles  
Wednesday: 4.5 miles 
Thursday: off
Friday: off 
Saturday: 1.5 miles 
Sunday: 3.5 miles 

Total: 14.5 miles 

One week til the Blue Ridge Relay!! 

During my last run in Chicago, I outran a storm and got some really cool pictures.  My pace was also significantly faster on this run.  Go figure. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Training: Week 10

This week was a great week!  Good thing - as we are now two weeks out, I'm starting a tiny taper.  The mileage I got in last week will give me something to taper down from.  :) 

Weekly Re-Cap: 

Monday: 2 miles 
Wednesday: 4 miles 
Thursday: 4 miles 
Friday: 2 miles 
Sunday: 12.5 miles 

Total: 24.5 miles 

Look what I found on my run. A nice little happy moment in the midst of the city. 

Countdown to BRR: 2 weeks!  EEK!!