Today I biked for 35 minutes. It was super easy and not at all challenging. Almost felt worthless…but I guess it was good to get my sore legs moving.
Still, even though I’m running the NYC Marathon in less than 3 months, I feel like something is missing. I have a whole fancy Google Doc workout schedule that is all color-coded and full of fun workouts, but I’m still missing that excitement I’ve felt for the past 6 months. I don’t think it’s burnout or overtraining…I think I miss triathlon training. I miss having a HUGE, terrifying goal. Hopefully as Fall approaches and marathon day inches closer, I’ll get that spark back.
See you again soon, finish line.
So, my schedule moving forward is based loosely off a couple different things: my Ironman training (want to “cross train” to keep in triathlon shape AKA not forget how to swim) and the FIRST plan from the book Run Less, Run Faster (thanks for loaning it to me, Beth! ), which basically discusses the merits of three focused, quality runs per week, and how you can, well, run less and run faster. HENCE THE NAME! I’m not someone who can run 5 or 6 days a week. My body would object like crazy. Therefore “Run Less, Run Faster” wins my vote. Couple that with some swimming and biking and I’m all set.
Here’s the general plan I came up with. I’ll share the specific workouts each week, but for now, this is my basic weekly schedule:
Mondays: Swim Intervals
Wednesdays: Bike Intervals
Thursdays: Tempo Run
Saturdays: Long Bike
Sundays: Long Run
(Things might get crazy and Saturdays and Sundays may be switched. WHO KNOWS.)
Every few weeks I’ll cut back a bit and replace the swim/bike intervals with easier workouts. And since I’m the master of the NYC Marathon plan, I’ll freak out a little less if I have to switch things around. With Ironman, it was such new territory that I wasn’t confident at all. But since I’ve run two marathons + one in an Ironman, I’m much more confident and will feel okay adjusting my schedule if needed. Like if there’s a wedding in Iowa I need to go to.
I really just wanted an excuse to use another photo that involved real clothes instead of workout clothes. #PROOF I do shower. But I cannot open my eyes evidently.
What’s your Fall schedule look like?