On Sunday, Jul 20, I flew from Santiago, CL, to Buenos Aires, AR.
Monday, Jul 21 – after work, I was too hungry to delay or forego dinner for a workout.
Tuesday, Jul 22:
4.6 in 39:14, 8:25 ave. Started fast to get my body moving after a lax week last week. Did some arms afterwards. The workout was 2K at 12kph, 2K at 11kph, 1K @ 12, 1K @ 11, ½ K @ 12, ½ K @ 11. It was structured that way because I couldn’t sustain 12kph the whole time, and it was becoming mentally and physically harder to keep up the same interval lengths as before.
Wednesday, Jul 23 – had dinner out, no workout. I could’ve otherwise run, but I wanted some people time that night.
Thursday, Jul 24 – flew back home that night, so no workout.
Friday, Jul 25:
Not much sleep on the red-eye. Caught a nap, once I got back. Legs were pretty ready for running, since it had been such a lax couple of weeks, workout-wise, while I was travelling. I did 6.8 in 53:34 at the park, 8:26 ave, with zombies. I could’ve potentially pushed on for more, but I was going to Charlotte the following morning for a Spartan workout, so it wasn’t a bad idea to not go into overdrive with this.
Saturday, Jul 26:
Andi Hardy was back in the Carolinas, to lead the Spartan Workout Tour. She had left me hobbling from post-workout soreness last March after the Colombia tour. She changed things up for this 2-hr workout. I feel like it was less strenuous than last time. This time, I feel like there was more jogging in place. Last time, we were knocking out burpees left-and-right. We did a zillion lunges, too. I liked the intensity, in that it pushed me, although it would probably be hard for beginners. I suppose that since the idea of the workout tour is to drum up interest in the race, for newbies, that toning it down a bit would make the workout and the race seem less intimidating.
Even though it was toned down, I was still quite sore for the next couple of days. As I said, we did more jogging in place, but we also did pushups, lunges, squats, burpees, crab walks, and bear crawls…. Just less of them at a time, and not as many sets. Still a good workout, and I’d still go to more, given the opportunity… it’s worth driving 3.5 hours to do! It’s fun, with a good sense of comraderie and a good feeling of accomplishment at the end.
After the workout, I explored Charlotte a bit, because I had found out the last week that I may be moving there. I visited places that I'd likely frequent (different neighborhoods that were recommended, a Total Wine, a Trader Joe's, and a vegan restaurant). I had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with collard greens, plus a peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake to-go. Nice.
Sunday, Jul 27:
Made this a recovery run. My upper legs and upper arms were sore, but they felt safe enough to run on. I started slow, but progressively got faster. Didn’t do Zombies, needless to say… not ready for that intensity quite yet. 0.75-mi lap splits> 7:53, 7:16, 7:06, 6:47, 6:34, 6:25, 5:55. 5.3 in 48:03, 9:04 ave. I was strangely thirsty during this run, and that’s what kept me from going farther, for the most part.
Monday, Jul 28 – worked 12 hrs, and body needed a rest day, anyway, after 3 days of workouts in a row.
Tuesday, July 29:
Last chance to squeeze in more training time before travel started up again. I ended up not going too far, though, and I felt guilty afterwards, for that. 4.0 in 31:14, 7:48 ave at 2 degrees of incline = 7:30 effort. I had pushed it on the intensity in this progression run. Splits> 8:15, 7:51, 7:46, 7:21. I hadn’t gotten as much sleep in the past couple of days, and there’s a lot going on at work and at home. So, good that I got in something, but kinda wish I had gotten in more mileage. Oh well, not bad.