March 25, 2012

Week #12 in Review

This last week was pretty sweet. 

I fit in 7 workouts, which is 1 workout more than I typically do in a week. I was able to do a X-stretch session on Monday, which is what I believe to be one of the factors that has prevented injury in the past. It felt great to give some time to this.

During my swim class, we had a sub (Coach A's lil' bro) who gave me a sweet tip about how to improve my kick "in stretch" (on the back). Previously, I was tucking my chin, creating drag. As soon as I lengthened my neck I found myself CRUISING along the pool. It was awesome. [I'm almost ready to learn the backstroke...gulp!]

Also, did you know that washing your goggles in baby shampoo prevents fogging? I didn't. But I do now. Master's Swim = the best thing! Learned that from a fellow Master swimmer after complaining about my goggles being fogged up. She loaned me some baby shampoo and my goggles were crystal clear for the remainder of the swim.

Plus, I logged 1600m, surpassing my race distance. Now I just need to reduce my breaks to zero.

I had a really difficult cycling class. At one point, I totally had to give myself a cheesy self pep-talk in my head. But I got through that final push and felt awesome for giving it my all and completing the interval. It's times like that which help you get stronger and help you remember you can do more than you think you can.

On Saturday, we put in our 10 mile run [for which I paused my watch at a street light and forgot to restart for 3/4 of a mile...bummer]. But the run was great and I tried out some new fuel. I am so sick of GU blocks and sports beans. So I tried a Stinger Bee Waffle. Kind of nuts to be eating a waffle during a run, but it was such a nice change and actually yummy.

Then post long-run, Krick and I attended a Triathlon fair at the local Rec Center. The main purpose of attending was to join the triathlon training club, Triology.
We got tons of swag and some awesome suggestions. It was so worth it. Plus, I am excited to have a group of people to train with [and learn from].

Then when I was logging my runs for the week, I saw that I surprisingly beat my 10k Nike+ time by a whole minute! 
Previous records

New records
So here it is, the weekly log:

3 m run with hill intervals
Weight training: Tri Circuit
1 hour P90X X-Stretch Session

1 Hour Cycling Class
5.5 mile pace run outside
1 Hour Master Swim Class
10 mile run outside

3 mile recovery run
Weight training: Arms
And a million words later....

This is what happens when I don't post for a week.

So my question for today: What is your favorite endurance fuel?


  1. Hey, I have a question for you. How do you carry your running snacks (GU chews, those stinger waffles,etc)when you run? Someone told me to safety pin a sandwich bag inside your shorts, but that seems like it would be way akward.

  2. I do one of two things:

    1. Safety pin the package to my shorts/capris. I haven't pinned them in a sandwhich bag, but it's not a bad idea. The benefit of this is you can just rip it off the safety pin and chuck the packaging at the next water stop.

    2. More often though, I like to run with a hydration pack. I find that the water stations can be hectic and I lose time by trying to drink out of those dang paper cups. Most hydration packs have a pouch where I store my fuel. If you aren't a fan of running with the water bottles (because they add weight) then you can get a fuel belt, which just contains a pouch and/or elastics along the belt that hold your fuel. Honestly every runner should have one of these anyway. It's a great place to store your phone, mace, fuel, keys, etc....stuff that you should have when running alone.

    Last comment. Most races have a fuel station about mile 6 or 7, where they give the gel. I hate the gel. Tastes nasty. I am not seeing anything on the Salt Lake Marathon page specifying if they'll have this, so I would plan as if they don't. But for future races, you might want to check the site to see if you can just plan on grabbing fuel at the station rather than bringing along your own.

  3. Thanks Gen! That was really helpful. I haven't dared try the gel, the thought of it makes me want to vomit. I've heard both sides to the hydration pack, but I like the idea having water whenever you need it. I didn't know about fuel belts. I think I'm going to have to go to the store today to check out some of these products.

  4. WHAT???!!! Baby shampoo and goggles=no fogging?
    I'm going to have to try that!