Weekly Recap: 5/1-5/7

The week post-Louisville (race report here) was pretty easy. We decided to take it nice and easy as we tried to revel in our new PRs and accomplishing a goal I set out to achieve nearly six years ago. Just a few easy weekday runs and 8 miles on Saturday. It’s getting hot already!

Weekly recap for 5/1 – 5/7

Friday morning I actually went to the pool and got in a swim. Now, this is the first time I’ve swam since June of 2015! And that was a single time; previously it was summer of 2014 shortly after my only triathlon. So yeah….second time swimming in three years. And shockingly, I didn’t drown. It was a decent swim all things considered: 4×100, 4×50, 4×25 and then a 450 yard straight swim.

Saturday after our run, it was time to hit up Memphis in May’s Music Fest, a three-day concert held at Tom Lee Park. We only had tickets for Saturday, since all I really wanted to see was Silversun Pickups. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS night out for it:

Sunday I got in a bit of a ride. Actually, it was the longest I’ve ever ridden outside (apparently my records don’t last long), just shy of 18 miles.

I head straight towards the river to see how high it’s gotten (we are a bit over flood stage at the moment):

Yup, pretty high!

Afterwards, it was time for some brunch at the pub

And with that, another week in the books!

Longest Bike Ride Yet!

Sunday morning I went for a bit of a bike ride around town. I’ve been trying to get out on the roads once a week if possible (usually Sundays), since cycling is BY FAR the thing I’m worst at. Sure, swimming is important, but the time it takes to get gains there, given the short distances by comparison, my time is better spent improving my bike skills and endurance.

So, off I went. I had no real plan, just to bike in sort of a large square for an hour or so. I started heading towards the river, where I could bike through the parks and possibly to the island (not really an island). Once I got there, I decided to go over the Big River Crossing, a bike/pedestrian walkway that goes from Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas. I figured at that early hour, on a Sunday, there wouldn’t be too many people and I could handle it. The best part about it is the view:

Big River Crossing provides great views of downtown Memphis

Very nice. One thing I didn’t anticipate was that it’s all downhill on the Arkansas side, meaning I’d have to climb it to get back across. It felt like it wouldn’t end, but after spinning for a few minutes, I made it back to the flat part of the bridge and continued on. I went over to Martyr’s Park, which offers great views of the river and the Big River Crossing bridge:

View of the bridge from terra firma

From there, I pedaled down into the park, up the incredibly steep street to get back to the city (first time I ever had to get out of the saddle and mash!), then completed the loop to back home.

Two states!

It wasn’t far or speedy, but I did it. 14.64 miles in 1:17:09, a blazingly fast 11.4MPH. I did hit a new top speed record as well: 21.4MPH. Like I said, I’ve got a lot of room to improve!

Weekly Recap: 4/10-4/16

As mentioned the other day, the weather has begun to heat up in the mid-south already. The runs are hotter, biking is harder, and there’s just a general sense of always being tired.

Weekly training recap: 4/10-4/16

I missed my Wednesday morning run. I spent Tuesday night in the ER getting my chest checked out. While everything was ok, I was there so long and hadn’t eaten, I decided to sleep in and rest. Got my miles in Thursday and had a 12 mile run on Saturday, the last long run before Louisville. It was hot and my pace suffered.

I also managed the longest bike ride I’ve ever done, a whopping 14+ miles. At 11MPH. Still, it’s a start.

This week is a normal week, with a shorter Saturday run (8 miles or so) leading into taper for the Kentucky Derby half marathon on 4/29.

Weekly Recap: 4/3-4/9

Another week down, one more closer to the Kentucky Derby half marathon. I’ve got a solid chance at getting sub-2 at this one, given the flat course, but weather (could be hot!) or other issues (could be poop!) could ruin that.

Weekly training recap for 4/3-4/9

Four runs, 26+ miles. Not bad, but I’m not getting in enough miles to close the gap on where I should be to hit my goal. Marathon training/Dopey training should take care of that in the second half, though. I just don’t want to get too far behind. Saturday’s run was a little rough. It’s definitely started to warm up, and I was caked in crusty salt at the end. Time to get back to using Nuun, which I found very useful a few years ago. Normally on long runs I just have water, but I need to replace electrolytes. Plus, it tastes delicious without being super sweet.

Obviously, I only biked once. I biked on Sunday last week, so I took Monday off, and then this Sunday I was a bit hungover sick. I biked this morning though, a solid 30 minutes. Getting there!

Plan for this week is four runs and two bikes. I’ve been feeling off lately; some odd chest pains. I don’t think I’m having a heart attack….I’m 35 and I obviously exercise often. It hasn’t impacted working out…I did all my runs last week, my pace didn’t suffer. It just comes and goes, more of an annoyance, but probably worth getting checked out.

Until next time…

Weekly Recap

Pretty solid week of training. Plus, I have some more news…

Training for Week of March 27 – April 2

I managed four runs this week, which is what I have been averaging this year so far. February was all five runs a week, but March had more difficulties (two trips wreaked havoc on my schedule) so I’m happy with four. On the week, I ran 26 miles: three five-milers and a long run of 11. For the long run, I did five miles easy, four at my goal HM pace, and another two easy. The average over the 11 was 9:19/mile, which is pretty damn close to the 9/mile I want to be to ensure I hit sub-2 in Louisville.

Weekly Training

Even better though, I managed to bike 3 times. Last time I rode my bike? Sometime in early summer 2016. Last time I rode it outside? 2014. Yes, it’s been awhile. But if I want to do my long-term plan of an Ironman some day, I need to get out and ride more. So I did. Monday and Friday were short rides on the trainer, and Saturday I went outside. Yay!

bike ride

Out riding

30 seconds after taking that photo, I fell over trying to clip back in.

Five minutes after that, my cell phone managed to fly out of my back pocket and into the fields at Overton Park. Thankfully, a good samaritan found it and returned it when I went back a few minutes later.

MCM

Accepted into MCM

As mentioned earlier, I’ve got some news that I alluded to in my 2017 Running Goals post. The wife and I will once again be heading to DC in October to run the Marine Corps Marathon. We ran it back in 2013 as our first ever marathon. This time, it’ll be a training run/confidence booster for Dopey.

Until next time!