Gasparilla Amber Challenge Training Week 9: 1/15-1/21

Now that I’m back from all my travels, its easier to get back into my training routine and blog more! Linking up with Tricia & Holly for the Weekly Wrap!

Sunday, January 15: Ran the Star Wars Light Side 1/2- read my recap here. Then had difficulty finding a ride back to the hotel- the bus was almost an hour late and I eventually went to find a cab but the roads were so blocked off and everything was closed so the Uber drivers had difficulty getting to me. Two of them cancelled on me before I finally found one to pick me up. By this time I was in a full fledged panic because I had a flight to catch and needed to get back to my hotel. I made it in time to take like a 5 minute shower, change my clothes and get in the car to get to the airport. Traffic wasn’t bad on the way to the airport, but when we got to LAX we were in terminal 5 so we had to wait through all the traffic from terminals 1-4. By the time we got inside, through security, bags checked and on board, the flight had only about 35 minutes until take off! And I didn’t get the chance to eat because we were rushing around so much- so I was crabby and hungry. Needless to say, next time I take a work trip and intend to run the race I will be requiring a later flight!

Hugging Chewie at the race!

Monday, January 16: Took a rest day- literally. I just stayed in bed the majority of the day (I did do laundry so I was somewhat productive). After two weeks of expo and travel, this was much needed.

Really this has nothing to do with anything, I just saw it on FB and thought it was funny.

Tuesday, January 17: I was intending to get out for a run today, but I’ve been having a weird pain in my arch after I run longer races, so I opted to take another recovery day. I did go to a CycleBar class, but I didn’t want to put too much stress on my foot so I did cycling because its low impact. It was a good class, but I miss my running group! Today was also day 1 of my ‘healthier’ eating plan. I decided I was going to try to lose that stubborn little belly pouch I have before my photo shoot, so I’ve cut wayyy back on carbs and fattening foods and started eating more veggies (though I just learned that fruits aren’t even good because they are sugary?!) and meats for protein. Essentially I went paleo-esque, but haven’t given up grains entirely. Just cut down a LOT from what I used to eat. Anyway, I needed some snacks mid day today so I went to Whole Foods and found some good stuff that’s better than it’s less healthy companions.

Gluten free, dairy free ice cream is kind of good- I can taste the difference, but I’m told its something you get used to.

Wednesday, January 18: Finally felt good enough to run again! I’m lucky to work in a prime location for running so I just brought my gear to the store with me and ran from the store and back. Did 3.5 miles at a super relaxed pace. Tested out the new Forerunner 35 Garmin gave me and tried the HR training thing. I stayed in zone 3- which is definitely slower running than I’m used to. I haven’t decided if HR training is something I want to stick to yet- I don’t really want to run slower! But the watch works well and it’s a good beginner watch or good for someone who doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles.

Thursday, January 19: Woke up early today and went to meet a group downtown for the PGR- Parking Garage Run- where we run around downtown and hit all the parking garages we can find! It was quite a fun and challenging run. Running up and down those inclines and stairs really messed with my knees though- I think next time I do this I’ll make sure to use KT Tape beforehand!

Our map- a lot of people said it looked like we were drunk lol.

Friday, January 20: Another rest day today- slept in, relaxed. It felt amazing too. Especially because I was gearing up for my double long run weekend! For Gasparilla training, I’ve been doing every other weekend with back to back long runs to prepare for race weekend. The mileage I’ll be doing on race weekend is 12.4 on Saturday and 13.1 on Sunday, so my schedule for this weekend was 9 miles Saturday and 11 on Sunday. Then I get to have a ‘step back’ week where I do less mileage before our final push of 10 miles Saturday and 12 miles Sunday! Honestly, I’m ready for this training cycle to be over. I love challenge racing and long distance events, but this one took a lot out of me. I think traveling so much also took its toll, but I just feel super tired this month. I’m looking forward to race day- and then a rest week. Plans are to do low impact workouts the week following Gasparilla so I can rest but still get some cardio in 😉

Saturday, January 21: Day one of two long runs! I went up to Krystal’s house to run the Clearwater beach area with her- it was a nice 9 mile route, but I had trouble breathing for some reason. We kept a slower pace and were pretty liberal with our walk breaks. It’s all about getting the mileage in though, right?

I made this cool looking sketch from one of the pictures I took while running today.

How’s your training going? Have you ever run a challenge race before? Do you feel back to back long runs helped your training? What kind of cross training do you do?

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4 thoughts on “Gasparilla Amber Challenge Training Week 9: 1/15-1/21”

    1. Yeah, I know that doing these bi-weekly back to backs will help overall with endurance for race weekend. Is it weird though that typically my legs feel heavier and the run feels harder the first day and on the second day it feels easier? Lol, I’ve always been sort of backwards!

  1. I’d be exhausted after your travels. It’s stuff like your inability to get back to your hotel that freaks me out about traveling to races. I do a little HR training. I keep that number low to make sure my long, slow runs are truly at an easy pace. I have never done a challenge race but I think training on back to back days would be incredibly helpful. I enjoy riding my bike for cross training. The HR watch comes in very handy for that as well — this time to make sure my HR is high enough. Thanks for linking, Montana!

    1. It was pretty exhausting. It was kind of hard to get back into my routine. For the next race, I made sure to book a flight the next day so I know I have time afterwards to shower and stuff 😉

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