I couldn’t get my act together this week and get out of bed when my alarm went off. The littlest guy has returned to his twice (or sometimes three) a night wakeup to nurse (maybe a growth spurt?) so I’d like to think it’s from a lack of sleep. I am slightly OCD and so I set multiple alarms on my phone offset by 5 min – in case I shut the alarm off while I’m still half asleep.
The plan works great in theory – and most mornings, I have no problem jumping out of bed with the first alarm (I am typically not a snooze girl) – but when you are exhausted and continually hit snooze on the alarms, it means that there is an alarm going off every 5 min. You don’t really get any sort of sleep in those 5 minutes. It’s just enough time to start to fall back asleep before the beeping commences. One morning, I hit snooze for 40 min. My husband wanted to kill me. Per his request, the alarms are now set 10 min apart.
This week was an eye opener for me. Since most mornings I was running behind and couldn’t follow my planned workout, I fit in what I could. I’ve noticed that when I am pressed for time, my mind and body immediately want to squeeze in a run – not a bike or swim – regardless of what I was supposed to be doing that day. I think part of it is that I miss running. It sounds strange to say because I am running – and often times, about 3-5x/week. But, I miss having my whole day revolve around running – I used to eat, hydrate, sleep for my run the next day. I like running on tired legs because of a hard run the day before – not because I had a hard bike ride. And it’s not just the act of running – I am spending more time reading and learning about the other two sports and am finding that I am spending much less time completely focused on running. And I miss it.
I am REALLY enjoying Ironman Training and the opportunity to challenge my mind and body more than I ever have before. But, I think my heart will always be with running – and I’m not sure if I will get hooked on triathlons the way everyone has told me I will. It’s just hard right now – I sometimes feel like I resent the other two sports because they are making me tired to do what my heart wants to.
The NJ Marathon is in THREE and a half weeks (I still can’t believe that!). Because of that I am going into (what I call) coast mode with my biking and swimming beginning at the end of next week. After months of training for this marathon, the last thing I want to do is sabotage my race goals by tiring myself out. I will still be biking and swimming – but plan to cut it WAY down two weeks out and then even more so the week of the race. No crazy hard swims or rides. I realize that this could be shooting myself in the foot for the Ironman at the end of July, but I’m hoping that a few weeks of easy to little swimming and biking won’t have a huge impact.
Workouts from this week. VERY run-centric. No swimming (yet).
Sunday: 30 min easy bike and 3.5 mile run (7:36 pace) – I talked about this workout here.
Monday: 6 easy miles pushing littlest guy in the stroller (8:21 pace). This was the first stroller run for the littlest guy and the first for me since I was pregnant with him. Success all around. I felt great (despite pushing the stroller into 15 mph winds) and more importantly, HE loved it. Stayed awake the whole time and didn’t make a sound! I LOVE running with the stroller, but my oldest son never sat well in it (even when I was running) so I didn’t get to do as many runs as I had hoped for. We plan to get a duallie so that I can push both boys (now that my oldest is older, he wants to sit in the stroller!)
Tuesday: 3 x 2 mile repeats on the treadmill. Okay. This run hurt. A lot. On par with how this 5 mile tempo run felt. After the first set, I was pretty close to convincing myself to do a few mile repeats and call it a morning. I have gotten okay with suffering through ~6 min of pain on the mile repeats. Two mile repeats are a whole other kind of pain. Granted, my pace isn’t as fast (I was around 6:20-6:25 for most of them), but you are doing them for WAY longer. The 8-9 min point is when I really started to hate life each time. Less than 5 min to go, but it still felt like an eternity. The only good thing about 2 mile repeats is that I did a slightly longer active recovery after each set. I did a 3 min active recovery (2:45 before I started increasing the pace) so I felt pretty rested each time I started over.
Mile Warm-up: 7:52
12:46 (6:24, 6:22)
12:41 (6:24, 6:17)
12:40 (6:22, 6:20)
7 Miles: 46:46
Planned on doing a 90 min steady state bike ride Tuesday night but BOTH boys decided they wanted to stay awake at bedtime. My youngest didn’t fall asleep until after 830 – at which point a 90 min bike ride was clearly not happening.
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – If you are up early enough reading this, I will be in the middle of a (planned) 20 miler. Fingers crossed that I get up when the alarm goes off =)
Are you a snooze button person?
Have you done triathlons before? Did you get hooked or did you return to primarily running?
2 mile repeats – have you tried them?