Sunday, March 2, 2008

2 cups coffee + 3 ibuprofen = 1 great run workout

My legs had been feeling a little achy after Wednesday's 4-mile run, so I took a few days off. Which was convenient since life's been a little nutso lately and I wouldn't have had much time to workout anyway.

But today I was back at it. Got up early...had coffee....half a bowl of stale organic rice crisp cereal....popped three ibuprofen for the knee....and headed off for the gym.

Since faster running seems to hurt less than sustained slower running I opted for intervals today. Which made my workout surprisingly fun, and less painful.

4 miles running
1/2 mile warm up walking at 3.7mph
3 miles of 1/2 mile @ 6.8-7mph, 1/4 mile walking at 3.7
1/2 mile cool down walking at 3.7mph gradually tapering to 3mph
*I had a crummy treadmill right under the TV so I had nothing to focus on but the wall and my music. I tried to use it to my advantage by paying extra attention to my posture and form.

planks and dead bugs (I don't know if anyone else knows them by this name?)

20 minute swim (wimpy, more for form and to make the legs feel better after the run)
400 swim, kick, pull, swim
200 free
50 breast
100 free

I messed up the schedule a bit by taking so many days off, but I'm planning to do the 90-minute ride tomorrow just so I don't miss one of the long workouts. Especially because I'm not sure how many workouts I'm going to be able to squeeze in this week either.

Needless to say I'm not really feeling like I'm pulling the volume of a half-irongirl in training. But my life schedule should lighten a bit now into March. The running is what I'm the most worried about, since I was the least prepared for that leg in my first 70.3, but I'm staying on track with that so I'm not stressing too much. Yet. ;)

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