You know how I can tell I’m actually training for something? When I am so set on getting in a scheduled run, I actually use … the treadmill. (Cue dramatic, scary music here).
If I wasn’t training for something specific (the Allen Stone Run-Swim-Run July 21 and the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon over Labor Day weekend, in this case), I would have coped with the heat wave smothering the East Coast right now by doing the ABT workout yesterday: the Anything But the Treadmill workout. I would have swam, most likely, or done only my TRX class, which was certainly workout enough on its own. But since I am actually training for something, I sucked it up and ran my first speed workout in … well, no need to figure out how long it’s been.
You know what? It wasn’t that bad! I did three 1-mile repeats and two half-mile repeats, all of which were steadily paced, and none of which caused me to vomit. I also did not give myself heat exhaustion, as I almost certainly would have had I run outside. It’s the kind of workout I’ll look back on in a month and think: Of course I can run a fast 5K. I’ve been doing speed work!
Here’s how the rest of the week shook out:
Saturday: Stand-up paddleboarding, three hours
Sunday: Run 45 minutes on road (HRR Chick’s Beach 4.2-mile route, with 10-minute detour). Swim 27 minutes in Bay—ROUGH! Run 10 minutes on beach, barefoot (from Alexander’s on the Bay to end of beach past bridge and back). [EDITOR’S NOTE: The editor is not running barefoot because of any sort of desire to become a Barefoot Runner, but only because her upcoming run-swim-run includes a 1K sprint on the beach, during which she will be … barefoot.]
Monday: Run 8 minutes on beach, barefoot; swim 40 minutes in Bay (much calmer today); run five minutes on beach, barefoot
Tuesday: TRX class in the morning – tough class, with Yuki as a substitute teacher! P.m.: 4.2-mile run with HRR. Hot, humid. Sore and tired. Ran with Mel, who paced me to a non-embarrassing 36-minute finish (8:30-minute miles).
Wednesday: Swim 46 minutes in Bay. Felt awesome! Triceps still sore from TRX. Ran 10 minutes on beach before swimming.
Thursday: Run speed workout on the treadmill to escape terrible, terrible heat. 3X1-mile starting at 8-minute-mile pace, working down to 7 by the end of each mile. 2Xhalf-mile repeats, 7:30-minute-mile pace. Followed immediately by TRX class. Did extra core/hamstring stuff, including something called the “body saw.”
Friday: Swim 45 minutes – Bay
Saturday (tomorrow): Run. Sunday: REST.