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Now what

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been training for races for quite some time this year. In January a good friend told me she was doing Green Bay marathon and that sparked my interest. Later that week, I went on a long run that was about 7 miles, and by the next week I think I was registered. Yes sometimes I can be that impulsive… Also, Grandma’s marathon was sold out by January this year. Congrats to 40 years of my FAVORITE race.

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Grandma’s marathon year 35 of the race. Those beers really did motivate us.

This year has been crazy between marathon training, half marathon training, and most recently triathlon training. Marathon training was definitely the most exhausting and time consuming. I felt obligated to run at least 5 days a week and scheduling a long run while also skiing was difficult. I think I was constantly tired from January til sometime in June due to training. Half marathon training was very limited since there were only three weeks between my marathon and half marathon. I spent most of this time laying around and eating poorly. Oops! This did affect my final race, but I really enjoyed being in Minnesota for that race, seeing friends, and enjoying the beauty of Lake Superior. Fun fact, Grandma’s marathon and half marathon, Garry Bjorklund, run on the same course. So it was fun to see the course from the shorter side!

Triathlon training turned out to be a lot of longer bike rides. Dang, it takes awhile to feel like you really exercised on a bike! It seemed pointless to bike for less than an hour, which was a little time consuming. It’s all relative when I think of 18 mile training runs.

At this point, I won’t do any longer races this year. A lot of friends are doing the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon in October in Denver. I’m out of town that weekend, which is a bit of a bummer, because I’ve never done that race before!

I’m not sure what this offseason will look like, but here are some thoughts/ideas-

  • Improve my running speed. Last week I ran a 28:05 5K, which is roughly a 9 minute mile. Its hard to add distance and speed at the same time, so recently I’ve only focused on distance. I would like to start running a one mile route near my apartment at speed a couple times a month
  • Continue swimming a few times a month, I really enjoy this and this would keep my confidence up if I decide to do another tri
  • Bike to work if I work downtown, this is about 5 miles each way, so it adds in some extra miles traveled to my day
  • Maybe one longer bike ride a month, I found a cool 25 mile round trip route that’s mostly flat. This would be a good way to track speed
  • When I first moved to Denver, my goal was to ski or hike every weekend. I haven’t been as good about either this year (see other goals above) but now that I’m running less I’d like to increase that
  • Potentially increase my OTF membership to twice weekly. I’ve done that before when I’m running less
  • Try other work out studios/classes. Last week I tried the TBC class at The Barre Code/The Barre Code Instagram. The class is “TBC stands for both Total Body Conditioning and The Boot Camp. This bootcamp-style workout consists of functional, full-range-of-motion strength training exercises designed to challenge the whole body with a host of props, including heavier weights as well as body weight exercises. Though predominately strength-based, this class is bookended by high-intensity cardio intervals.” It was a relatively hard class, and the music was upbeat. So I liked it a lot! I want to try a few more of their classes. Thanks for the recommendations from my Denver and Chicago friends!

A few things I’m loving right now.

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The Thai Bowl from Bubu, Downtown Denver. I ordered this bowl with noodles and shrimp. It’s a great workday lunch!

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Homemade French Press Coffee! So easy and so tasty!

What is your offseason workout and training plan??

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