training in january shouldn't be this easy. heading out at 4:30 pm when it's still above 70 degrees has felt unfair. and i've been loving it. this is just what i needed to get back into the swing of things without crying. motivating to run after work when its almost dark is a pain in the arse when its cold and windy. heading out to run after work when it's 70 and you can watch the sun set over the ocean is too easy.
what's making training even better these days is my new addiction to yoga tropics hot yoga. wood floors, bamboo, beachy, ceiling fans, nice, non-critical instructors, HOT and a major workout. i've been reading all these articles on core strength and strength exercises for runners and they basically include all of the poses in this yoga (planks, push ups, one-legged business, lunges...just yogified). i made it 4 times last week. i've been having trouble counting it in my training log- becuase it is an hour and it is HARD strength and core training (and stretching). but i think it counts for 30 maybe 45 minutes of strength training. so that's how i count it. i mean its not fair to leave it out of my training hours since it IS training, but i don't think it earns full credit, right? is yoga training?
here's how the week broke down (with sliding-scale yoga discount):
total training hours : 17.2
swim yds: 8850 (3 sessions/ 2.9 hours)
run miles: 35.8 (5 hrs 5 min, more on this below)
bike miles: 89 miles (1 long ride, 1 after work ride, 1 trainer session)
strength training : 4 hot yoga sessions, 1 gym rat session
i fell a little short on my swim goal (NEED to get to 9000yds, but also NEED to get to work on time so this is tricky. I tried to make it up in my swim after my 2 hour run on sunday, but felt like jelly and told myself 3100 that day was good enough).
I also should have biked one more time and i need to get on my mountain bike. oh well. i'm still in the "close supervision" phase of mountainbiking and james and i didn't have time together for it this week. next week will be bigger on the bike. over 100 miles for sure (i know this becuase i rode 45 today) and some definite time on the mountain bike. i really want to do an xterra this year.
running was pretty great this week. i only ran 4 times, but each run was solid and fit in towards (re: climb climb climb) the xterra 15k trail race (mission gorge) i have planned for february 1st . i got in two great medium-long (1:15 mountain/trail runs on my own after work. one on our "king of the mountain" course by our house and one out in Daley Ranch with a ton of climbing and the added bonus of being scared to be eaten by a mountain lion on deserted trails.
i also ran with the wednesday night lululemon run group that i help lead. we did a nice 5.6 mile loop with a bunch of hills. we have had a great crew out there- over 20 people each wednesday (6 pm at lululemon carlsbad if you want to join us!- bring a healdlamp).
then there was the awesome sunday run. i started on my own in solana beach and ran 2 miles to meet laura and tim in del mar. ran 10 with them and finished the last two back to the car on my own to round out at 14miles/1:53.
we ran trails along the coast through del mar and up into torrey pines reserve. beach, trails, sun. so good that laura called home about it.
not really. she was just being super-mom and checking in with her daughter while clicking off the miles.
today was a day off (from work not training :) )and james and i rode for three hours together. we reminded ourselves why it is in the best interest of our life-long relationship that he tire himself out before we attempt to ride together becase today he didn't. it wasn't pretty. no need for details, just picture some pouting and choice remarks. nice. but it is monday so that counts towards next week, so maybe details then. just kidding, james. there i go again, spreading our private life over the internet. whoops.