I spent much of today traveling so I will keep this week’s entry short and sweet. I increased my mileage on the Alter-G to 60 miles for the week and got the weight up to 85%. I did some moderate portions during a few of the runs with no pain to my foot and ankle. Things are moving along nicely and within the next week I will begin workouts in full force.
Right now, I am 8 weeks out from the Olympic Trials and things will need to do everything within my power to get fit. Pete has already warned me that the next 4 to 6 weeks will be HARSH. We will not be reckless but we will be very aggressive with the intensity and frequency of my workouts.
In a perfect world, I’d be 12-16 weeks out from the OT and able to slowly ramp back into intensity and volume, but that is simply not the hand I have been dealt. In athletics as in life, you must do the best with what you’re given.
I will be doing a 2×3 mile workout this week on the treadmill and tossing in a greater number of outside runs. I suspect that in 2 weeks time the Alter-G will become a complementary training tool as normal outside runs will take over the bulk of my training.
My only wish over the next 2 months is to remain HEALTHY and POSITIVE each day in my running. The fitness will take care of itself.
Last but not least, I learned last week that a family at HCSA just had a litter of lab puppies that need new homes, so I went by the house to check them out. Esther, for those that don’t know, has DESPERATELY wanted a dog for the last few years. I’m not joking when I say that at least 2-3 times a week I either get sent a link to Pet Finder or a picture of her doing some activity with the neighborhood dog Lucy. She’s got it bad.
With this in mind, I met Tess (the runt of the litter) and am now considering bringing her home. Check out this picture of one of her brothers (I couldn’t get a picture of Tess; too camera shy):
Thanks for reading!
Here is my last week of training (12/13-12/19):
Sunday: AM: 2 hrs spin (hard every 8th minute) PM: 50 min aqua jog
Monday: AM: 10 miles at 83% Alter-G PM: walk
Tuesday: AM: 11 miles at 84% Alter-G PM: 55 min aqua jog
Wednesday: AM: 10 miles at 85% Alter-G PM: 20 min OUTSIDE jog
Thursday: AM: 80 min aqua jog PM: 7 miles at 84% Alter-G
Friday: AM: 11 miles at 84% Alter-G w/35 minutes at 5:40 pace
Saturday: AM: 9 miles OUTSIDE in Asheville
Total: 60 miles Alter-G, 6 runs, 3 aqua jog sessions, 1 spin session