Bike: 2.5 hours
Run: 20 miles
Wednesday morning, I made up my interval run. It was harder than I expected but I was glad that I made it through. In the evening, I rode for 1.5 hours while I watched the rest of P&P :) It ended up being a late night but totally worth it.
Run: 5 miles
2 mile warm up
10 x 400 @ 8:06
.5 mile cool down
Thursday morning my daughter woke up 20 minutes before my alarm was set to go off. Since I was the only parent home, I stayed with her so that meant no tempo run in the garage gym for me. I tried to make it up in the evening before swim class but I ran out of time. The schedule called for 5 miles at 8:47 but after the first mile, I knew I was not going to have time for all five. So I figured increasing the speed would make me feel less guilty for missing the miles.
mile 1- 8:47
mile 2- 8:13
mile 3- 8:13
It may have been a lackluster run day but it was a great swim day. I managed to add some extra distance. I actually can't remember what the workout was (great reason to keep my blog updated!) but I know we hit 3000.
Friday morning I was going to do an easy bike (even though it was my day off) but then I realized that I had a big training weekend ahead so the rest was needed. Saturday, I headed out for a 12 mile run. I ended up being by myself which isn't really a big deal. Most of my training is alone anyway and it was probably a good thing that there weren't any witnesses. It was an interesting run. First of all, G-Unit was giving me all kinds of grief. It wouldn't switch from the bike setting to the run setting. So I had to change the entire display page to suit my running needs. By the way, it's still set on bike. I finally started my run but things didn't get much better. Aside from my legs feeling like lead, I opted to wear my new iPod shuffle for entertainment on the lonesome two hour run. I LOVE the new teeny tiny shuffle but my play list was making me nuts! The music was good, just not good music for running. Then I tried to stop G-Unit for a water break and the keys were locked! I was ready to throw in the towel at that point. Oh and "that point," was only three miles into the run.
I was so flustered that my inner dialogue was beginning to sound schizophrenic. One second, I was telling myself to stay positive and keep trudging along and the next second I was ready to stomp my feet and throw a fit. Finally, the rational side of me took hold and I decided to walk the last third of mile three and collect myself. It was just the trick. I was able to calm down and find my purpose. I got a drink at the four mile marker and finished the run without any further tantrums. That was the last of the tantrums but not the last of the blog worthy events. I know, it's like the never ending post :)
Let me begin by saying that I like all animals but anything other than a cat or dog scares the crap out of me. So imagine my pleasure when I had TWO wild animal encounters during my run. The first was on a long stretch of trail where there happened to be no other people. Out of nowhere comes a deer. It starts grazing right at the edge of the trail, opposite the side I am running on (the trail is about 6-7 feet in width). When I first see it, I am about 50 yards away so I think "Ok, not a problem. It will get skittish and run off into the forest to be with all the other woodland creatures" But as I get closer, I realize this thing is not phased by me at all. Then it perks up and we make eye contact - Holy sh*t! My heart just about jumped out of my chest! These things have some huge, frightening solid black eyes and I realized that little Bambi here does not look so friendly after all. So now, I am 15 feet from this thing and it's not moving. I did my best not to make any changes in my movements, just kept running, and was praying to high heaven that my watch wasn't going to beep or buzz leading to a hoof in my rib cage. I seriously thought I was going to have my very own "when animals attack" moment. Thankfully, I ran on by without incident but that was a little too much nature for my liking.
Then at mile 7, I'm running along totally in the zone, a little tired and not really paying attention, when I damn near stepped on a lovely little snake sunning itself on the trail. *shudder* Now I don't know what you've heard about Florida, but it's like the damn Amazon around here. We have all kinds of deadly snakes, critters and creatures. And I'll admit that the snake was only the size of 2 pencils end to end but w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r. I have such a fear of those things it may as well have been an anaconda. Needless to say, I was very happy to be finished with this run. Hopefully, this was my fill of park animals for a while.
Sunday morning I volunteered at the St. Anthony's tri which was such a treat. I felt a little ache in my gut when we got to the venue - I wanted to compete so badly. Then I saw the water and quickly changed my tune. Big props to all the athletes that tackled that swim! No long bike ride for the day thanks to the miserable weather we had. I don't know who pissed Mother Nature off but she absolutely unleashed her fury on us.