Normally I'm pretty organized when it comes to packing and preparing in advance, but last night saw me up at midnight stuffing things into a suitcase (!!!).
I'm sure a lot of folks are either sick of hearing about the Chicago Cubs in the World Series starting tonight, or can't hear enough about them. I'm not a diehard fan, but in general I have a knack for being out of town when my teams of interest are late in the playoffs or finals. Sigh.
In short, my best hope is that the Cubs take the series in five. If so, they'd close out in Chicago and I'd be home in time to watch it!
MONDAY - Yoga class, 20 minutes strength work (biceps, triceps, core, lower back, squats)
TUESDAY - 10 minutes stationary cycling, 35 minutes strength work (upper back, shoulders, chest, quads, hamstrings, core)
WEDNESDAY - Zumba class, Mobility 101 class
THURSDAY - Strength Max class
FRIDAY - Yoga class, 3.3 miles of speedwork on the treadmill (warm up 10 minutes, 2:1 tempo/recovery interval ratio at 7.5/3.0 MPH, repeat 8 times)
SATURDAY - 35 minutes stationary cycling
SUNDAY - Rest
My speedwork surprisingly went very well this week, and I was happy to be able to strength-train on 3 days. It also felt really good to get in a pure cycling workout on Saturday. These days I usually treat the stationary bike just as a warm-up machine, but I might have to revisit using it more consistently.
Switching gears now. This week's Tuesdays on the Run topic asks: "What race do you want a do-over on? Either to train/race differently or to relive the awesome."
2012 Chicago Marathon. Reasons:
- At the time, I was dealing with various injuries which resulted in horrific groin pain and very wonky hips and knees. Over the past few years, I've done a lot of strength work which has significantly alleviated those issues.
- I'm at least 12 pounds lighter now than I was back then, quite possibly even more.
- Experience has taught me a lot more about proper pacing, fueling, and nutrition.
- At the time, I did minimal cross-training, yoga, or speed/hillwork, and I probably did my long runs at a faster pace than necessary. I feel like I'd know how to train smarter and more effectively now.
- I am more familiar with the course now and would know better how to tackle it.
- Running gear continues to improve all around in the marketplace.
What about you? What race(s) would you like to do over and why?