I have been on a cruise all last week. I am posting details on this on my son's blog, in case anyone is interested. We had a great time away from the cold and dark of Massachusetts. I hear we missed an icestorm, well, not really "miss it".
My workouts have gone well for the most part. However, it was a challenge to do my 2 key runs on the boat. I had to do speed and tempo, and although some people managed to run around on the decks, I did not think that I could do that at an appropriate speed for my workouts, without bumping into someone. So I was left with the treadmill. Yikes. Hats down to all of you out there who are able to run on these things. Let me tell you that I much rather run in the deadliest storm than on a treadmill. It was painful, I was slow, and I was extra sore thereafter, which is unusual bc treadmills are supposed to be easier on the body. I normally I go faster than the speed target, yet on the treadmill I was barely able to reach my goal pace. I ended up skipping the warm up and cool down for my 8 mile tempo bc I was getting out of my mind on that thing. So I have one reason to be happy to be back home, no more treadmill for me.
Speed on the dreadmill:
I forgot to take my workouts with me, and so I relied on my husband to give them to me over the phone. And he did, the ones I am supposed to do in 2 weeks. Perhaps this is why I am so sore, I ended up working harder than I was supposed to...
So, instead of a nice 5 miler, with 3 miles at 7:11, I was to do 5 miles, 2 easy, and 6 .5m repeats at 6:56 pace.
I actually did 5 miles, 2 easy, and 6 .5m repeats @ 7:00. Just could not get to run faster on the treadmill. It felt like I was going to fall off it. My stride was forced to be very short. Running felt unnatural. It did not help that the boat was sailing, too.
Swim: 1 mile
Bike: 12 miles.
It was really nice to swim in the pool, outside, on a beautiful warm day. I am starting to envy those who live in Hawaii and California...
Swim: 2 miles
Bike: 7 miles
Again, wrong workout, 8 miles, 2 easy. Speed was to be 8:14.
Actual: 6 miles @ 7:50-8 - perhaps I learned a bit about running on the treadmill...Still hated the run, though, and ended up stopping every 2 miles for water, as it was easier to run 3 2 milers than one 6 milers.
Swim: .75 mile - this was an ocean swim, along with fishes, very peaceful, very beautiful, interrupted only by my son's "Don't go too far mommy" yells..
Long run: 18 miles, was supposed to run it at 9:20, I did it at 8:57.
This felt great, in spite of sk-unning on the thick thick ice. No hills today bc I was so sore after the treadmill runs. I felt strong, managed to eat 2 gels, and pushed the pace in the last 4 miles from 9:10 to 8:57. This is my strategy at the moment, to push at the end. It felt great. My fingers are frozen as I type, even though I have been finished with the run for a while now.
Swim: 1 mile, easy, to stretch, with .25 backstroke and kicks.
Plan is to swim 1.5 miles.
Not too bad!
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