It was another crazy week at work, but I did manage to get at least some of my workouts done. It was also crazy cold last week with most days in the minus-30s (Celsius). I definitely feel a whole lot better when I get my training in and I was happy to be back, even if I didn't quite complete all my workouts and even though many of them were pretty tough. I just keep smiling and having fun with it and remember that I have to put in the work to get the results that I want in September! Also, my TEAM COEUR kit came in the mail. It is gorgeous and I can't wait to wear it proudly. Stay tuned for a bit more on the Coeur Sports Team and why I'm so excited to be part of this amazing group of women this season.
Monday: No workout
Tuesday: Morning swim was about 3000m for me. I ended up getting out early since I wasn't feeling well. Our main set was supposed to be 15x100m on 1:30 at race pace. I did 10 of them holding 1:17/1:18. It was hard for sure, but I am definitely slowly getting back to feeling good about my swimming.
Wednesday: Morning tempo run (15 minute warmup, 10 minutes at marathon pace (7:40), 10 minute cool down). It was a cold one. In the evening we had TTP, so an hour of spinning and an hour of strength and mobility work. The spin was really tough with a few sets of 5 minutes at Z3 and 5 minutes at Z4 followed by twice through of 3x(1 minute at Z3, 1 minute at Z4, 1 minute at Z5). My legs were feeling the effects of taking the prior week off of training.
Thursday: I did half my run (28 minutes instead of 50) in super cold temperatures (-20 Fahrenheit). It was so windy and cold that I just had to turn back around and head home.
Friday: Ended up being a rest day. I woke up for swimming, but was so exhausted that I fell back asleep and didn't wake up until practice had already started. Oops.
Saturday: Track practice at the Dome. My workout was 2x(3x800m at 3k pace with 2.5 minutes rest between) and 5 minutes rest between sets. It was mentally challenging, since I didn't really feel that well to begin with, and 800s are kind of brutal. I just kept telling myself, "just do one more," and I was able to get all the way through. Despite feeling like crud, my pace was pretty good, so in the end I was happy with the workout and know that workouts like that build mental toughness for race day. In the evening, Jenn and I had a girl's night for Valentine's. We made the most amazing chocolate mousse (with Pumpkin Spice Whiskey mixed in, oh man it was good!) and then we went to Beer Fest!
Sunday: Rest day as usual! I went out to watch some friends run the Winter Man half marathon and marathon relay. It was SOOOOOO cold. They are all brave/crazy for racing at -39 degrees. I was impressed at their dedication, that is for sure!