Monday, April 5, 2010

Barb's Race Training Week #3

Thanks to all the great advice on my last post and HIIYEEEEE to all the new readers, I will be checking out your blogs soon.

As alluded to in my last post, I spent a lot of last week getting better.  I took it pretty easy and by Friday I was feeling better.   We made an impromptu decision to go down to Cali to see Mr. Pi’s family.  While we were there I did my longest and fastest bike ride ever and with my sister-in-law in her first 5k.  It was an awesome weekend however; we got stuck in a bad snow storm that caused an accident that shut the freeway on our return trip.  The delay ended up having us get back home at 2:00 am!  Anyone that knows me knows I’m not a night person.  Needless to say, today I felt like death and am soooo happy it is a rest day.  I think my cold regressed a little and I’m going to take it easy this week.  Lots of fun photos at the end of the recap.
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: I skipped weights class but went for a super slow 4 mile run.
Wednesday: Skipped swimming, as swimming with a head cold bites.  Rode the trainer for 1:15 and did a quick 1.3 mile brick run with the dog.
Thursday: Hour on the trainer.  Skipped both weights and swimming.
Friday: Easy 5 miles on the treadmill, felt really good and on the mend.
Saturday: EPIC bike ride.  48 miles most with Sarah (thanks for pushing my pace and staying with me).  I met up with Sarah and a couple of her friends (read: very good cyclists) and we trekked out in the chilly morning air.  It was an awesome ride from Mr. Pi’s hometown down to the fun college town of Chico and around.  The others trekked back up this giant hill but I stayed in Bidwell park and paced Mr. Pi for the last few miles of his 20 mile run.  48 miles/15.7 avg pace
 Sunday: My sister-in-law’s first 5k!  We have been planning to run a 5k together for awhile now and this race happened to be a time and worked for us both.  Mr. Pi and Sarah were doing the ¼ marathon, which is a little over a 10k (6.55 miles).  It was a trail race—which was a first for me.  It was definitely a challenging course but Jill did great and finished with a smile—she powered through the tough spots and kept a great attitude.  I’m so very proud of her and can’t wait to run another one with her.  Mr. Pi won his age group and Sarah came is as first female—rockstars.
 As I mentioned there was a huge backup on the freeway---here’s the view from the side of the road.  Lots of people were walking up and down the gridlock.  I’m hoping that by tomorrow I’ll be feeling back to normal but we shall see.  I didn’t swim at all last week so I plan to get back in the pool this week.  I also have a half marathon coming up on Sunday which I’m really excited about since Kristen will be here.  I think I have decided to run for fun versus run for a PR.  Since I’ve been sick and in general sick of running, I think it’s best to play race day by ear and if I’m feeling speedy speed up and if not then I’ll just cruise along.
Hope everyone had a great Easter!


  1. Glad you're feeling better...and glad you made it home safely! Good job on getting the bike miles in :)

  2. Oh my goodness, that is a LOT of snow! I didn't realize your trip home was so slow--ugh. It was so good to go biking with you on Saturday and see you at the race. Next time, we'll get in all 50 miles plus Honey Run hill!

  3. I can't believe it's STILL snowing. Bring on spring!

  4. fantastic ride! You are getting to be such a great cyclist - I won't even be able to keep up with you. I obviously need some more saddle time.

    Can't wait to see you tomorrow! (I think you should skip your work function Wed & swim in the AM instead.)

  5. Where was all this snow? How frustrating it is to get in a gridlock like that. Have fun at your half. Good luck running for fun. That can be hard to do but sounds very smart!

  6. That did not look like a fun ride home at all. I do not like snow and can't wait for it to be gone for awhile. I am sure you probably agree. Good luck with your 1/2 this Sunday!

  7. awww thanks Alisa!! So glad you were there to help me along and that I got to run my first 5k with you.:) That sucks about the ride home though, glad you had a day to recoup, it was quite the busy week-end...crazy drive already without the snow or hang ups. Thanks again so much for coming and being there. Your awesome I love ya!

  8. Great job on the bike ride this weekend! Hope you're starting to feel better and have a great half this weekend! I am really starting to love running 1/2s based on feel...makes me cross the finish line with a smile :)

  9. Woo Hoo - great ride! Looks like you had great weather.

    Fun 5k too - congrats to Justin and Sarah!

    That traffic looks terrible, ugh. So sorry you got home but glad you got to rest.

    I wouldn't worry too much about missing the swimming - that is your strong part anyway.

    Can't wait to see you Sat!

  10. Best wishes with the upcoming half marathon!

  11. Good job on week three and WHOA snow storm! Glad you got home safely!

  12. Looks like you had a great trip, and I'm glad you're feeling better. It looks like you were smart with your training while you were sick, which I'm sure helped a lot!

  13. Bummer about the roads. That's brutal.

    Way to rock it out on the bike! Serisously strong on the bike lately. Your such an inspiration to me!

  14. Yikes, those roads are nasty. What kind of Easter surprise is that!??

    Congratulations to your sister on her first 5K!