281.2 – Day 27

27 Aug , 2012 281.2,Sports

Today I was reminded why trying to do so many miles in one month has been so daunting before. The flat out fatigue can really hit you all at once. I felt reluctant to get up this morning thanks to the combination of today being Monday, having to pack and go swim and already being tired from the weekend. However, instead of scratching any training today, I again decided to up the challenge and push myself further. I ended up swimming one of my fastest miles to date and doing a second strength training workout around lunch as well. That routine consists of over 300 reps, takes 15 minutes or less to complete, and is broken out here below.

  • 25 Lunges
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 25 Leg raises
  • 20 Dips
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 25 Box jumps
  • 20 Kettlebell swings
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 25 Leg Press
  • 20 Dumbbell curls
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 3 Burpees
  • 10 Flights of Stairs

I felt extra motivated today by something a friend once told me about training, “it’s when you are tired that it is most important to get in that workout.” The idea being that you’ll get even more out of those days when you feel 100%. I also had a great conversation with a couple of friends on Saturday night on how they have been pushing each other to get ready for their half-marathon in October. I didn’t want to let them down after they were so encouraging of my training and this whole blogging effort.

I realized during the my swim this morning that there will be two weeks in September were I will have to swim 3 times in a week in order to get to 10 miles for the month. I also decided on applying the short run/long run approach to those weeks. I will have 1 long swim and 2 short ones in order to help myself get through that week. The long swim will be a 1 mile uninterrupted swim and the short swims will be three quarters of and be a specific swim workout like the previous three I have shared (workout #1, workout #2, workout #3).

I also confirmed a new addiction that I have, Pistachios. I can eat them forever. I only really started eating them during our last vacation and can consume whole bags and pistachios are so good for you. Offering eye, heart, weight loss and many other benefits. Go for the un-dyed all natural kind and buy them in bulk from places like Costco. See the bag I started today below but won’t last less more than a couple of days.

Pistachios

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