Well it’s been a while since I’ve done an official training reacp! It’s been a few weeks since I wrote anything at all. I can’t explain it, but I’ve been having trouble motivating myself to write these past few weeks. I’m not sure if that’s because during the summer I feel there is very little to write about- I mean, it’s really just training and little else. Previously in the summers I really didn’t do much running, so I didn’t even have training recaps to fall back on! Something about the summer- it’s just kind of a slow, boring season. Am I right, or is that just me? (I also think I’m the only one who dislikes summer- everyone else seems to look forward to it, but I always look forward to fall and winter)!
Sunday July 2: Not much happening today, besides the sale at my store! I worked all day but it was also a rest day, which felt nice.
Monday, July 3: This was my first official day as part of the OutRival Racing group in Sarasota. If you haven’t heard of this group, it’s a national group that has branches in several cities, and it’s triathlon coaching. It’s awesome because it provides coached workouts in both swim and bike and accountability. I know several of the members so if I miss a day they call me out on it! Today’s workout was a swim in the morning. The workout was a little outside my skill set, so the coach had me working mostly on drills like pulling, kicking and stroke drills. For my first “coached” session, I think it went pretty well!
Then tonight I did 4 miles with the RunClub for the 3rd of July fun run! We had a pretty good time- it was a small turnout, but most people were getting the long weekend started early!
Tuesday, July 4: I usually don’t get holidays off, so I decided to take this one off! I went to the beach with my friend Allison for some fun in the sun! We had a pretty rough time at the beach- it’s too long to go into a lot of details, but they were super rude to my pregnant friend Lauren for bringing a cooler of plain water onto the beach (this beach had a “no coolers” rule). I really think they should relax this in favor of pregnant women- it’s a medical necessity to stay hydrated! After the beach disaster, one of Allison’s friends rescued us and took us out on a boat for the rest of the afternoon. I ended up getting super burned but we had a really good day!
Wednesday, July 5: My sunburn was so bad today I did absolutely nothing all day. I couldn’t be outside for more than five minutes without my whole arm feeling like it was on fire so that ruined all plans I had of working out today. I did manage to get an indoor cycling class in at CycleBar, but the sunburn messed up my yoga plans (I couldn’t do hot yoga with my body as sunburned as it was!)
Thursday, July 6: I knew today was going to be another “indoor” day, but I really needed to get a run in, so I did something I haven’t done for a loooong time…I ran on the treadmill for 7 miles! I’ve never done 7 on the treadmill before- the furthest I think I’ve done is 5. I put on a good Harry Potter audiobook and just tuned out for the 7 miles though. It was really nice to have something to keep my mind occupied.
Friday, July 7: Another swim day! This time it was a lot harder than Monday. I think swimming is so technical that I get frustrated with all the components…she says “Keep your head down,” and I think I am but apparently not enough. She says, “Your kick needs to come from the hips,” and I try but it’s hard to focus on that and breathing at the same time. So we go into the shallow end and practice kicking techniques. It’s just kind of boring to do all these drills when what I really want is to increase my swimming capability. I mean, I know these drills will help me do that, but it doesn’t feel like all the little parts are going to come together anytime soon, you know?
Saturday, July 8: Today was the day of my longest run during marathon training so far…13 miles! Luckily I have some crazy “frents” who are willing to run with me- even when they aren’t training for the same distance! Hollie and I knocked out the whole 13 today and it actually felt pretty great. I was definitely way hotter than I’d like on the last half, but overall felt pretty good. Getting this distance in made me more confident for long runs in the summer- the furthest I think I’ve run prior to this in the middle of July was 7 miles.
Marathon training is definitely off to a good start I’d say! I haven’t hit the longest runs yet, but I’m getting into the longer distance long runs this month. This was a good week in training overall- despite my frustration with swimming, I’m learning that patience is key in that particular aspect of the sport!