|side tracked by this picture of my boy eating oat "cake" out of the PB jar|
This week starts my 8 week training plan. I want to make it hard core. I feel like I have been working hard since coming back from being sick, both in the pool and on the run. In the pool, I feel like I am working hard all 3 days. Maybe I should tone that down to 2 for now with one easy day. As far as the long runs, I want to get out there and crank out the miles and get home so they have been on the faster side. My last two weeks of long runs have been moderate to hard efforts, and I've done both speed work and a tempo run as my other runs during the same week. I think I need to incorporate at least one or two easy runs if I am doing speed work and tempo - one can be the long run and then maybe a shorter day in between the other 2 workouts. I can't decide if I should do speed work and a tempo run each week or maybe vary the tempo to every other week. Usually I use smart coach and they have me doing one or the other each week.
What do you do? What helped you to get fast? What's your ideal schedule?
My thoughts are to try to do both in the same week and see how it goes, then slow down my long runs a little bit and see how I'm doing. I also want to make time for abs and lifting.. hmm..this could only mean getting up earlier to do so.
Monday - swim and abs
Tuesday -speedwork run
Wednesday - swim and arms
Thursday - tempo run
Friday - swim and legs
Saturday - long run
Sunday - off
The next challenge will be to find the time to bike. I think I'll try to fit in 2 bike rides of whatever the race distance is (oops, I don't even know) before the triathlon in April. Then in May and June I'll get in more to prepare for the longer bike ride in the Philly tri. I'm not motivated for this at all. I just got the bike back from the store and it's ready to go!!
One of the local colleges is doing trials for Max vo2 research. I'm not sure if I will do it - have you done it? I believe they are having anyone who participates pay for the results, so I'm not sure that I'm into giving up my time for it.
I'm a really bad food blogger. My pictures are terrible and probably don't make you want to make what I'm showing you but what can you do.
Vegan "Vodka" Sauce inspired by Sarah's recipes.
1 1/2 c tomato sauce
1/3 c cashews
1/3 c almond milk or water
salt and pepper
In the blender, grind the cashews, then add water/milk until liquidy. Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. I put this atop bowties and added mushrooms and black beans. It was tasty!