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!