Training Log – Week of Oct. 13 (Week 40)

When it doubt, quote Parks and Recreation.


So spot-on, Andy Dwyer. Nailed it!

General training notes: Sigh, it was only a matter of time before I experienced a tougher training week. I’m guessing my body finally felt the effects of running all the miles, and I was noticeably “off” from last weekend’s Steamtown adventures. As the week progressed, I bounced back, though, and logged some quality workouts Friday and Saturday.

Monday – a.m. run

My friends and I traveled from Scranton back to the city that morning, so my four miler didn’t happen until after work. Even though the run itself wasn’t great—being tired from the weekend, feeling each and every potato chip I ate, etc.—I did enjoy shaking off the day. I can totally see why people exercise after work.

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

This run wasn’t that great either. I’m guessing I was probably still tired, and I also didn’t have as much recovery time between these outings. Still got those seven miles done, though, and did some core- and upper-body work.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

For whatever reason, I was convinced a power test would happen. But it didn’t. I still got in a butt-kicking ride: two different seven-minute blocks with various lengths of tempo, threshold, and VO2 max intervals, and we did each block twice.

Thursday – a.m. run

Ugh, another not-so-great run. Granted, it was humid, and everything felt so heavy. I’m still not totally sure how those 10.5 miles got done, but they did. That afternoon, I went to Isang for a sports massage (NYC people, go see her!), which definitely helped me recover not only from the morning run, but also the past two months of training. I felt like a new person when I left!

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

After a long run and sports massage, I didn’t know how my body would respond to another hilly CompuTrainer ride—but I rocked this ride. It was a tougher course than last Friday’s workout, and my numbers were better too. Take recovery seriously, kids!

Saturday – a.m. run

Steady 45 minutes? Crushed it. Bring on the speedwork, Coach Pat! #fireonthetrack

Sunday – off

Unless you count a Hudson Valley nature walk/hike as cross training.


I escaped the city for a day and spent some quality time with one of my sisters. Apple picking and apple cider drinking for the win!

How do you bounce back from a series of not-so-great workouts?

4 responses to “Training Log – Week of Oct. 13 (Week 40)

  1. I think a hike totally counts as cross-training 🙂 Usually, when I’m feeling off, I take that as my body telling me it needs a break. I take a few extra days off in a row and that helps!

    • We were sweating and out of breath at the end! Luckily, my sister told me to bring old sneakers; the boots I wore would not have fared well on the trail.

  2. Hiking is 100% cross training 🙂

    So oddly enough, I thought about you on my run this morning because cyclists kept zipping by, and I had the thought that triathlons are almost exclusively in warmer weather, right? Because of the open swim element? If so, that presents some totally different training elements, right? Just got really curious about that part of it! I always think of 50s as perfect running weather, but it wouldn’t be good training for a triathlete, would it?

    • It really depends on the triathlete, but that’s also why a lot of pros train out West or in Arizona, Texas, etc. For me, open-water swimming won’t happen again for a *long* time, and 45*F (sunny and no wind) is my cutoff temperature for biking outside. I’m tough and will run outside no matter what, though! 😉

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