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48 Days to Speed: Day 17 - 3x800 intervals & strength training (ouch!)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This morning, I did my 3x800 run...outside in the heat, though at 6:30 in the morning. I started out by running 1 mile at about 12:50. Then, I walked for about 2 mins. I did take walk breaks (actual WALK breaks) between each run. Then, I started my three 800s.

My coach wanted me to stay at about 5:10-5:20 for each 800. That's about 10:20-10:40 per mile pace. Well, my times were 5:09, 5:07, and 5:06! I was trying to stay between 5:10-5:20, but my Garmin watch is acting up a bit so I couldn't keep it really steady. I was really tired after this and finally ran another 1/2 mile at about a 13:20 pace. I'd planned on running a total of 4 miles, but only ran 3. This was both because I was TIRED and I needed to get back so my hubby could leave for work.

About 2 hours later, I met with my old strength trainer. (She's also my 'buddy' from my 2nd sprint triathlon...it was her first tri, and my 2nd.) WOW!!! She worked me out HARD!!! First, we did some leg works...and my legs were already tired. But, I appreciated it! Then, we did a LOT of upper body training. I've really been neglecting my upper body.

A few things we did...
20 pushups (3 times)...BUT, we did it on an incline (with feet on ground & arms on bench) and I had to go to the floor on my kneeds for the last set. Yikes!! I really want to work back up to 20 pushups at a time!
45 second plank...BUT, I had worked up to 90 seconds! I probably could have done 10 more seconds, but not much more.

Anyway, everything she asked of me was so hard! But, back in April I would have done a lot better. I need to decide if I'm going to start paying for a trainer again, or being more dedicated on my own...or even start going to a weekly group class! (School starts next Thursday so I'll have a lot of time.)

Tomorrow is FRIDAY (yeah!) and I plan on doing a 45 minute 'indoor cycling' class. This is like the 'endurance' class I did on Monday, but this one is called 'race day'. Hmmm. We'll see how it goes!
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  • no profile photo CD2659174
    That's awesome - it shows how strong mentally you can be when you push those muscles to the limit! Enjoy where you're at for a minute!
    Awesome interval running - I gotta put that stuff into play on my long runs...
    3492 days ago
  • BILL60
    Looking real tough. Very impressive. So, when do we do the century ride??
    3492 days ago
    I'm so impressed with your hard work! Way to go~
    3492 days ago
  • ROXIT22222
    Wow you do a lot of different things! I'm impresseed. I'm trying to figure out how to incorperate more running in with my hiking. Hiking is my priority right now, so I don't have as many day's to devote to running. I want to do a half marathon in May of next year and also the tri in June so I'll have ot pick up the pace soon. But Hiking season is short only another 2 months left with it, before we wont be going as much.
    3492 days ago
    Awesome workouts! I hope you enjoy the Friday spin class. That would be the only reason I join a gym. I love cycling! I also love pushups. What a great exercise. Paying for a trainer is a tough call. Sometimes it's good to do a few sessions just go get a base then go on your own. I can't believe school is starting already. I'm not ready!
    3492 days ago
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