Ironman Arizona: Week 9

I’ve been cheating on running.

It’s true. While I was off cavorting with swimming and cycling, running was just sitting at home, watching re-runs of The Bachelor and hacking into my Facebook account.

But then I came clean…

I came clean to my coach and confessed that I miss running and he happily obliged to edit my training schedule accordingly. Thus, enter my shiny new training plan, with more running  and some core work. Here’s a look at week nine:

Monday, 1/30: Swim (a.m.) / Run (p.m.)

This worst swim ever. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Thankfully, that night’s run was the first Fartlek run of my training and gave my depressed self a good kick in the pants. Plus, I’ve scheduled a very important and reoccurring reminder set to the Indiana Jones theme song:


Tuesday, 1/31: Run & Core

Tuesday was the first aerobic efficiency run marker. During this test, I timed exactly how long it would take me to run 1.5 miles while maintaining a specific heart rate. I then completed the workout for a total of 5.7 miles. We’ll repeat this test every four to six weeks to monitor progress. Oh, and then I assaulted my core with the updated workouts from the Nike Training Club app. I swear I was sore until Friday.

Wednesday, 2/1: Swim (a.m.) / Cycle (p.m.)

Remember that horrible swim from Monday? Good! Neither do I. That’s because with Wednesday’s 1,700 yards I was starting to feel my normal self again.

Round two of the day was filled with…you guessed it…trashy TV. This time, the Bachelor. P.S. Where do they find these women?! Wait, did I expect decent people on reality TV? Silly me.

Thursday, 2/3: Rest

I literally can’t even remember what I did with my day off. Sad.

Friday, 2/4: Run Long

Fridays are technically my long run days and as training progresses, so will the length of Friday’s runs. Eight treadmill miles of “rolling hills.” I’m telling you, you can do anything on a treadmill.

Saturday. 2/5: Cycle Long

The perfect day. I’m still swooning over it.

The view from the top of the ride.

Sunday, 2/6: Rest

I think there was a big game on this day and while I was pretending to watch it, I was really creeping your blogs and Instagram.

I closed out the week nine with:

8 hours and 46 minutes of training:
3,700 yards swimming
50 miles cycling
21.4 miles running
30 minutes core strengthening

How do you rekindle your love affair with running after time away?

Happy Running!

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15 Responses to Ironman Arizona: Week 9

  1. marlene says:

    YAY for more running! That is what I am so worried about when I go into full-fledged tri training… not enough running! Glad you found a coach who is willing to make this work for you and satisfy your running urges. Smokin’ week, girl!

  2. So glad you were able to speak up to your coach about running. If something is important to you, you have to make it work right? Keep up the awesome work! xo

  3. That “core crunch” is 15 min of torture! :) it seriously hurt to laugh yesterday. :)
    Great job on the training!

  4. katie says:

    I will continue to be jealous of the cycling you can do in Feb. great week!

  5. Ricole Runs says:

    Nice week! I’m glad you came clean to running, honesty really is the best policy!

  6. I’ve recently gotten obsessed with instagram! And your lock screen on your iphone is very cute.

    That’s nice that you have a coach that gives you a plan to follow and alters the said plan according to your needs. I wish I had one. :)

  7. J says:

    Awesome week! I love your iPhone alarm!

  8. Juls says:

    You are awesome! Keep up the great work.

  9. Laura says:

    Hi Page! Random question– how do you put icons next to your iphone alarms?

  10. Meaghan says:

    Rock-freakin-star. Nice work!!

    Oh, and Caitlyn has now seen Lola’s face on your blog enough times that she’s asking for a “Lola-puppy for her 7th birthday”. Too funny!

  11. Rachel says:

    another great week! to answer your question, right now i usually have at least 4 double days per week, although i won’t be doing my conditioning classes after this month so it will probably be less (i’m hoping!) later. in general, in the future i’ll have 3 swims, 3 rides, and 3 runs + some strength/core. it’s already starting to feel like a second job!

  12. Maddie says:

    Eeh so excited I found your blog! I just started transforming my blog into a part time running blog and you are an inspiration. Also, obsessed with your wedding photo and your dog. I am researching Cairn Terriers and hoping to get a new puppy soon. Anyway, happy to be a new reader!! And I think it’s amazing how you work in so much cross training.

  13. A2 says:

    Don’t give up on saddle time. Maybe a new tri bike and some Assos clothing (assos.com) would make it more entertaining.

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