A few of you have mentioned or expressed concern with the lack of rest days since I've incorporated tri training. I've done some research and spoken to a lot of people (and I also know myself and what my body can handle) and I don't think a complete rest day is necessary every week. I take 1-2 days off running and stick to a swim and/or easy bike ride on those days. I am also careful about keeping my recovery runs/rides easy. It works better for me to spread my workouts over 7 days and if I gave myself a day off, I'd be cramming too much into the other days. This works for me for now - as you know, I'm learning! And of course, when I feel that I need a day (or more) of complete rest, I will take it.
A few people have suggested that I should be aiming for a longer tri given the training I am doing, and even suggested that perhaps I am being sneaky again and planning a "surprise." (Will you ever trust me again?? hehe) I assure you, I am hoping to complete the upcoming give-it-a-tri and sprint tri this season, but that's it for the year. Next year is a whole other story... ;) Of course I have some long term plans and goals in mind, which I will share in due time.
Thanks to everyone who has been asking how my hamstring is. It is tons better now after laying off speed work since the duathlon (which has left me feeling slooooooooooow but that is a whole other story). I am just going to be careful moving forward not to push it too much, but I think I am in the clear.
I have admittedly been struggling with my (run) training this summer. The heat and humidity were killing me in July, and I proceeded to have one issue after the other (infected nail bed, sinus infection, hamstring) which essentially derailed 3 training weeks. I have not been able to find the momentum that I had in my last training cycle; I am running less mileage and slower paces as a result and it has been difficult not to be discouraged. On the bright side, I am really really really enjoying my bike + swim training. I have allowed my focus to shift a little more than anticipated, which is likely contributing to the way I feel about my running right now, and I am okay with that.
I know I'll be able to run a marathon in October, but I also know that it is highly unlikely to be another PR/BQ performance... and I am working on coming to terms with that. I want to make the most of it moving forward - what more can I do? Here's hoping for no more setbacks...
Thanks for reading!