Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 1 of base building for races next year

I find that when I have long term goals, recapping my weekly training keeps me motivated to stay on track. And since I won't have any "goal" races until 2016, I want to build the best base I can to be successful at whatever I decide to do. Currently I'm contemplating a spring marathon and then a couple of triathlons. Whereas before I used to be content with being a "runner," my focus has now shifted to being a more complete athlete. Since I have been injury prone in the past, mixing up running with cycling and swimming as well as strength circuits will suit me better for my longterm goal of being healthy and injury free. Because healthy & injury free > any PR.

Monday: 10 mile cycle

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: 21 mile cycle

Thursday: 5 mile cycle, 1 mile run

Friday: 4 mile run

Saturday: 10 mile cycle

Sunday: 10 mile cycle

Total: 61 miles, 4:30

56 miles cycled, 5 miles run

Goals for next week:

  • Manage time better.
  • Run more.
  • Wake up earlier to complete workouts before work.
  • Start swimming again.
Other stuff:
  • On Saturday I went to a bike store to look at road bikes. I was overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the knowledge I gained from that initial visit. I am excited to try some bikes out later this week.
  • I finally was able to use the gift card I received when I won the Mikkeller Beer Run back in May. It took a while, but the shirt and shorts I got finally arrived this past week. 



  1. Great job! I've been floundering a bit as well, since I'm not training for anything in particular at the moment either. This may be a good habit to get back into!

  2. Good luck with the base building, I think you're doing all of the right things in order to stay healthy and injury free. I haven't picked a spring marathon yet, but maybe one in March would be good so I can do all of the April/May races. I'm in the same boat as you in that I just used to focus on running, but was constantly getting injured. By working towards being a "more complete athlete" via strength training and yoga - I'm becoming a stronger runner and have been injury-free for awhile now (knock on wood)!

  3. Hooray for base building! its a tough moment when we realize we can't just run and run and not get injuries isn't it. I do yoga and HIIT workouts, mostly bodyweight but some with a kettlebell or weights for cross training, I just really hate biking. maybe that has something to do with my sucky bike and my refusal to invest in another.

  4. Aweeeeeeeesome :) stoked for you and your super awesome approach!

  5. Amen to being healthy and injury free over ANY PR. I think you are taking a very smart approach to your upcoming training and goals. I want to work on stronger base building in the future, too. Being a "more complete athlete" feels much more bad-ass than focusing on running all the time!

    OoooOOOooOOOOhhhhh on road bikes!!! SO EXCITING!!!