This week was a week of 2’s….two swims, two bikes and two runs.
My swims have been feeling pretty good! I added some distance and I am feeling comfortable in the water. I still like using the pull bouy to keep my legs up, but I am doing OK when I am not using it too.
I feel like I have really made some gains on the bike, so it’s time for another FTP test to see if my functional threshold power has gone up!
I plan to do that Wednesday, even though I kind of have a packed schedule already that day. The next two weeks are busy every day, so I just have to squeeze workouts in wherever I can!
Friday was my first ride that was over an hour. I have stuck to an hour each workout, but it is time to start bumping it up and getting more time in the saddle! I did 1 1/2 hours and I still felt good… I am happy with how my bike workouts are going.
I didn’t run Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. By Thursday I knew I needed to run, and I knew mentally I really needed an outdoor run. But I have a hard time to run steady… I often walk, because there is no one telling me to keep running.
So I called up my sister-in-law. We have run together quite a few times in the past, but she is always way faster than me, and I feel like I hold her back.
But she has been on a little hiatus from running and just getting back to it, so I thought she could give me a good push, while still having a good run herself.
And what a fantastic run it was!!
The weather was perfect, not too much ice, and running along the river.
To be honest, the first half a mile, I was panicking in my head. We started out faster than I am used to and there is a bit of a hill near the start. I was trying not to breathe too loud and heavy because I didn’t want to let her know I was struggling a little!
After a bit, I managed to settle in, and it started to feel hard but still good. As we neared the turn around, my bladder betrayed me and I had to hit the outhouse….
So a quick 2-minute break and we were on our way back. She was still recovering from being sick and not sleeping well, so this was to my advantage… I thought.
As we neared her house, she said, “Sprint to the end!” I tried my hardest. I really did. But it was really no contest. She could have given me a head start and she still would have beat me!!
But it was such a good, hard, fun run for me, and I was high on endorphins for the rest of the day! I forgot to wear my watch, so I have no idea what pace we ran, and don’t really care. I know we ran just over 3 miles because my SIL has run that route often.
Then Came Saturday
I really need to start running with the Saturday morning group, but I always have some excuse or another. Friday night I was so tired, and just wanted to sleep in Saturday.
So I had a good 10 hour sleep. I considered running outside on my own, but it was cold outside! So off to the treadmill at the gym.
Last week I was mentioning to my neighbor Cindy, that I have such a hard time running on the treadmill just because of the mental aspect.
She suggested bringing a towel and covering up all the numbers on the screen of the treadmill and just running. So I did this….and it worked!
Everything else was working against me that morning. I couldn’t find my Bluetooth ear buds, so I grabbed some wired ones, but those are a pain because I tend to rip them out of my ears when my arm hits the wire while running.
But I was going to give them a try anyways….but when I went to put them in, one of the soft covers on them were missing, so it wouldn’t stay in my ear.
And then….even though the gym has two options for WiFi, my phone was being temperamental and wouldn’t connect to either of them.
By this time, my heart rate was getting up there, and I hadn’t even started running yet!
I decided I would just have to run without music. I covered the display with my towel, checked the speed I was running at and settled in.
It was going surprisingly good, until I really had to go to the bathroom! (OK, so I have been feeling very dehydrated, so have been upping my water in take a lot….good for my body, bad for running continuity…lol)
I check the mileage under my towel and I was at 1.75 miles.
I quickly went to the bathroom, but when I got back the treadmill had cleared itself, so I was starting at zero again. At other times, this would have made me say, “Forget it” and go home.
But I knew I REALLY need to start getting in some longer miles, so I had to at least try running some more.
In the end, I ended up running a total of 5 miles, only walking every 10-15 minutes for a water break!
I was really happy with this. But what do I think is better…..
Outdoor running or treadmill?
Outdoor running wins hands down, because it is way more enjoyable. However, treadmill running has its place too, because elements are controlled!
The speed and hills can go up and down whenever you want to, and I could probably get better at sprinting if I tried it more often on the treadmill!
Also, when the roads are really icy, the treadmill is the better run option as I am not risking wiping out and hurting myself and then not being able to train for a while.
But I definitely prefer running outside!
The same goes for the bike. Biking indoor on a trainer can be boring, but it tends to be a better workout because it is controlled and you never have real “coasting” time that you get on a road! Plus it is safer, as there is always a risk of getting hit by a car on the roads!
But riding outside really is such a pleasure!. I really enjoy the views so much more while riding my bike than I do from a car. The smells and sounds are all part of a great experience. We try to ride roads that aren’t too busy, but it isn’t always easy in farming country!
The Dreaded Scale
This past week I tracked the food I ate most days on My Fitness Pal, and I was right where I was supposed to be. Because my weight loss has slowed down, I kind of weighed myself every single morning.
Big mistake. The scale was all over the place! I would be up 1 lbs, then down 1.5 and then back up again…so this week is a bust in that department, but there is always one week out of every four that it doesn’t matter what I do…the scale is not going to budge.
But in the big picture, that is OK. I feel great, I love this way of eating, and I don’t plan on going back to carb binging!
This week will be a week of just fitting in workouts whenever possible. I have a plan of bike Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and running Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and getting a couple swims in somewhere too.
Is anyone else done with the snow and ready for Spring to arrive?