Monday: Swim 1,100 yards - pyramid workout: 50 yards, 100, 200, 400, 200, 100, 50
It felt nice to be back in the pool! What with having to drive somewhere, change, shower, etc., it feels like much more of a hassle to swim than any other workout (ok, I still change and shower for other workouts, but I have the option to lounge around in the sweaty clothes afterward if I want), so it's one of the first things cut when I get busy or stressed. But it really is a super relaxing way to sweat (and pleasantly warm compared to the outdoors).
Tuesday: Ballet class (75 minutes)
Wednesday: Easy run 2.5 miles (14:02 pace)
Thursday: Bike trainer 20 minutes (est. 5 miles) + swim 1,100 (same pyramid as Monday)
What?! Back in the pool and on the bike in the same week?! Yeah, after some lackluster weeks, I finally re-found some motivation.
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Easy run 3.1 miles (13:52 pace) + bike trainer 60 minutes (est. 15.5 miles) - modified from this workout (reduced warm-up to 15 minutes, and recovery between sets to 4.5 minutes)
Sunday: Lazy rainy day
Total swimming: 2,200 yards
Total biking: 20.5 miles
Total running: 5.35 miles
Not as much running as I should have, even considering it's taper, but a fair amount of exercise in total. Enjoyed getting back into swimming and biking (though my butt sure isn't used to sitting a bike seat for that long any more!). I don't know if I'm entirely ready for the half marathon, but to the point of what's done (or undone) is done, so all I can do is do the best I can on race day.
Also went on a bit of a race-sign-up rampage:
- PRC Peacock Lane Run (December 15) - Not a race, just a sight-seeing run to see the Christmas lights
- First Run 5k (January 1) - I've done this for the past couple years, and if you're in Portland I highly recommend it! It's just the right size (small enough to not be crowded, but big enough that even at my slower pace you're not completely by yourself), and a great atmosphere.
- Fight for Air Climb 80 floors (January 25) - This will be a new challenge, not sure I really know how to train for it, but should be fun!
- PRC Winter 5k Series (February 22) - This is the third of a series on the same course (unfortunately can't do the first two - out of the town for the first, the second is the same morning as the stair climb), and is a "predict" race - no watches are allowed, but you win by accurately predicting your finish time.