Hello from the beach!
I completely missed my usual Sunday check in post and didn’t even realize it until late Sunday night. We’re been enjoying a week with cousins and grandparents at the beach, but I ducked into a coffee shop for an hour or two for a little quiet time and caught up on a few things, including this recap.
It is HOT this week- unbelievable! Last week was week 8 of Steamtown training, my highest mileage to date for this training cycle so far. It was a great week until Friday, when the heat was pretty brutal, just in time for my 18 miler!
I’m taking this week as a cut back week, with more cross training in the form of swimming and not worrying too much about getting the runs in.
Sunday: 20 minute easy bike recovery ride + short strength circuit (squat and press ups, push ups, kettle bell swings and plank series)
Monday: 9 easy miles (9:20 ave)
Tuesday: 45 minute spin
Wednesday: 10 miles with 6 at tempo (8:46, 8:00, 7:15, 7:05, 7:27, 7:16, 7:15, 7:15, 8:26, 8:00)
Thursday: short upper body/core with resistance bands
Friday: 18 miles with splits ranging from 9:00 to 7:48 (ave pace 8:31)
(I used this trail twice for a total of 12 shaded miles on my hot run!)
Saturday: 5 recovery miles (no watch, probably 9:30- 10:00 pace) + 45 minutes of “swimming” around with my 6 year old
I ended the week with 42 miles and felt great. Ironically, after a few days on the beach my shins were a little sore, which I think is from walking on the sand. The humidity is crazy, so my 5 miler yesterday turned into 3 and I’m just rolling with it this week and doing what I can.
Ideally, I plan to peak around 50 miles but don’t plan to go any higher than that. My body has taught me that it prefers lower mileage. I’d like to add a little more strength training back in too but it’s so hard as mileage goes up.
Tuesday: Out (date night)
Thursday: Grill chicken sausage, sweet potato, eggplant, zucchini and sweet corn
Friday: Pizza night
Saturday: Party for baby J turning two! (Burgers, veggie burgers, side salads, cupcakes)
When L turned two, I was still hunting for the healthiest homemade cupcakes I could make- this time I’m using Trader Joe’s vanilla cake mix. Life is just busier, and a super sweet cupcake will be a fun treat for her!
I did, however, make my own icing- I brought it along this week to celebrate with family and I’ll make more for the party. It’s so easy! A combo of cocoa powder, honey, dash of milk and a little peanut butter. So good! And just four ingredients.
Do you like to cook on vacation or go out for all your meals?
How to you balance strength training while marathon training?
Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs to share scenes from my run for Tuesdays on the Run, and HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap. Also linking up with Nicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday.