I think between our bodies finally feeling more recovered after St. George and cutting back our mileage just a touch this week, we had successful back-to-back speed days this week!
Our coach had a specific route planned for our workout so Andrew dropped us off and Emilee’s husband picked us up.
We did a 2 mile warm-up, stretched and then started some marathon pace miles. We did a lot of hard 200m intervals the day before so our legs were pretty fatigued which made us unsure how the tempo miles were going to go yesterday! For the first few miles we kept telling ourselves to slow down a bit which we took as a good sign because we felt in control of the pace.
We started with a 6:23 mile and worked down to a 6:05. We finished and looked at each other surprised over how well it went. Our coach sure knows what he is doing.
We did a 3.2 mile cool-down on a road that a friend once sent me a picture of Shalane Flanagan running on when she was in Utah a few years ago so that felt cool to be running where she has been before ha.
Emilee had protein bars and water for us on the drive home!
We were lucky to be able to do this workout a little bit later in the morning after Brooke went to school. Leading up this point we did plenty of 4:30/5 a.m. workouts this year but it’s been so nice to get to be able to start later this week and it has helped us get out of our slumps… we feel very lucky because the sunshine and laid back mornings felt like a treat.
It was PJ day at school so when Brooke got home from School, Skye wanted her pjs on too.
Our grocery store has the best sushi.
Excited for five days with this guy!
I know my blog seems to be full of TMI but there are just things that I think female athletes need to talk about. I have received many emails from different women asking if my menstruation/cycles have been interrupted by my training (ps never be afraid to email me about anything, I’m an open book!!). This year I have been running 80 mile weeks often between ultra training and marathon training along with some pretty intense workouts and trails each week. I have maintained a VERY regular cycle throughout it all (and I take zero hormones or anything that would force a period). If my cycles were interrupted by this training, I would absolutely drop back in my running and increase how much I am eating to support my activities better because I know how important it is for my health and I would really love to be able to have a few more children.
I have had ReD-S in the past (2010-2011… the female athlete triad or what was formally known as amenorrhea) when I was running no more than 40-50 miles per week. For me it all comes down to eating enough. I was not eating enough back then for 40-50 miles a week and that is why I lost my period (for me to get it back I stopped running completely and increased my body fat and daily caloric intake to get my period back a few months later). I am running double the miles and doing triple the intensity as I was back then and have very regular cycles because I am fueling my body to complete these tasks each week!
Long story short, it is possible to train this much and keep your cycle and if it were me personally and I wasn’t having a cycle while training this much… I would 100% back off and eat more to get it back! No race, no clock time, no anything is worth compromising our health.
I’m not sure about a question to ask based on the above talk BUT I would love to hear from you about this topic if you have learned anything about it all or what has worked for you!?!?
Are you a sushi person? Favorite roll?
What’s your breakfast this morning?
Speedwork—> do you prefer intervals or tempos more?