Well, I documented how hard last week was already on Thursday. So, let’s not focus on the weekdays in recapping this week. Okay? Let’s instead focus on the stellar weekend I had. After all, I’m determined to put the past behind me and push on towards the goal of getting ready to run the Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Labor Day Weekend.
Here I am after finishing my Saturday workout. Due to scheduling issues and temps being warm, I decided to run on the treadmill over the weekend. On Friday, I actually thought of running 3 miles on the treadmill and then doing the rest of my gym workout afterwards for my Saturday gym workout. It would have been combining two workouts for me into one day. I’ve done this kind of thing before. However, I’ve never done it after putting in 3 miles or more on the treadmill. The three miles on the treadmill went really well! I was super stoked that I finished the three miles in under 35 minutes! I used my typical intervals of run 1 minute, walk 1 minute. When I ran, it was at 6.0mph. When I walked, it was at 4.0mph. I still haven’t worked out how to get a 12 minute mile on the treadmill with my intervals. It was fantastic to finish all 3 miles with under a 12 minute per mile average! Also, I kept to every single interval. At the end of the 3 miles, I was beat. However, I proceeded on to the leg press machine and finished as I had hoped. Then, it was on to the crunch machine where I did the same. However, at the end of those, I was sort of ready to be done. In spite of that, I headed on to the assisted pull ups/dips machine. After 10 reps on the pull ups, I was done. Usually, I don’t have any problems with this machine until the last set. So, that was troubling. Trying to stay positive, I ventured to the elliptical machine. After all, I could just do the pull ups and dips on Sunday. The problem, tiredness and mentally checking out. So, after a couple of minutes on the elliptical machine, I decided to call it a day. I’m not overly concerned by that because I knew I was pushing it to attempt two workouts in one time. I would just take my awesome time on the treadmill and move on.
After hitting the gym, I came home for a few hours before heading to Pasadena City Hall to catch the finish to the 6th stage of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. This race has become the biggest race in the United States. I have been a fan of professional cycling since watching Greg LeMond finish second at the 1985 Tour de France. So, when I saw that the Amgen Tour of California had a finish in my home town…and it was on a Saturday…I had to be there! The field of cyclists represented many of the top professionals, including 2012 Tour de France Champion, Bradley Wiggins of the United Kingdom (he also won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics).
It was really exciting to witness a lot of the top professionals in person! I’ll be recapping this really fun experience on Thursday. So, check back then to see the sights and hear the sounds from stage 6 at the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Not only did I take a bunch of pictures, but I also have video footage of a finish fake out. Boy do these cyclists fly by!
On Sunday, I was back at LA Fitness to take on 5 miles of run/walking on the treadmill. Since I went to the LA Fitness that’s close to where I live on Saturday, I chose to go to the newer LA Fitness on Sunday. It’s the same one I went to the previous Sunday. After all, it’s more fun to include some variety. On Sunday, it was more difficult to keep my intervals straight. I was feeling tired legs right from the first mile. This is not good. I tried to focus on getting through each interval and not thinking about how much more was left.
The cool part of being at a gym are the motivational signs! As much as I tried to keep everything going, by the end of the second mile, I felt spent. It was disappointing to feel like I couldn’t go on after just 2 miles. However, I wasn’t feeling it and was not finding my groove. So, I decided to head over to the assisted pull ups/dips machine and get in the reps/sets that I didn’t finish the day before. Mission complete. When I went to that machine, I did think about going from there to the elliptical machine. However, by the time I was finished, I wanted to give the treadmill another chance.
This time, everything felt better. I slowed the speed down to 5.5mph on the run intervals and 3.5mph on the walk intervals. It was going to give me a slower overall time. However, I was feeling confident with these intervals. I told myself that, if I were on the roads, slowing down to finish the distance would be okay. So, why not do the same on the treadmill? This proved to be the winning strategy as I made it all the way to 5 miles!
However, I was tired at the end of it all. That’s fine. What matters most to me is that I finished all 5 miles. Now, if I had given my self the room to slow down the speed on the treadmill during that second mile, I can only imagine how different the experience would have been. I probably would have finished all 5 miles without a break. Oh well. Lesson learned. If you’re not feeling it on the treadmill, it’s okay to slow the speed down to finish all the miles needed. Treadmill running and road running are two different things entirely. I much prefer to be out on the street. However, when the weather doesn’t cooperate or when you can’t run when it’s cool outside, hit up the treadmill.
I saw this today. After spending the first two weeks of my training for the Dumbo Double Dare not running during the week and only getting training in over the weekends, this week seems primed for me to have a break out week. Over the course of 2014, I’ve not only lost some of my physical conditioning, but the mental toughness that got me through the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon. If this statement is true, and toughness is equal parts persistence and experience, then I need to continue to persist…
…and believe that I will again find that elusive consistency. My training runs this week are all for only 3 miles each for a total of 9 miles. My goal for this week is to hit all three training runs and add two gym workouts to the mix. As tiredness tries to take those workouts away from me this week, I need to resist and beat the toughest opponent of all…the one inside my head. Here’s to a fabulous week 3 of Dumbo Double Dare training!